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Web Date: August 22, 2014

Researchers Investigate Link Between Phthalates And Infertility

Environmental Health: In a study of U.S. couples, exposure to certain plasticizing agents is connected with cellular oxidative stress, a possible cause of fertility problems
Department: Science & Technology | Collection: Life Sciences
News Channels: Environmental SCENE, Analytical SCENE
Keywords: phthalates, plasticizers, endocrine disruptors, fertility, reproduction, oxidative stress

Exposure to phthalates, plasticizing agents that appear in products such as food packaging and cosmetics, has been linked to altered hormonal development and impaired fertility. But so far scientists have not determined exactly how the compounds might influence reproduction. Now a team of researchers has identified a potential mechanism: They find that exposure to certain phthalates is correlated with a biomarker for oxidative stress (Environ. Sci. Technol. 2014, DOI: . . .

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