Plastic Chemical BPA Linked to Behavior Problems in Girls
Prenatal exposure to the chemical bisphernol A (BPA), the controversial compound found in common plastics and canned foods, has now been linked with childhood behavior problems in girls.
A study by researchers at the Harvard School for Public Health compared levels of BPA in the urine of pregnant women to children's behavior problems at age 3. Women with the highest concentration of BPA in their urine were found to have daughters who showed more anxious and depressed behaviors as well as problems with emotional control.
The same was not true for boys, but the study points out that BPA can affect sex hormones in utero. In rat studies, the compound has found to make females more masculine. Other studies have shown it may affect dopamine, a neurotransmitter related to depression and ADHD, in the brain.
A previous study has shown that fetuses exposed to high BPA levels were twice as likely to wheeze as other children.
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