U.N. report examines links between man-made chemicals, health issues

Published on February 21, 2013 at 4:30 AM · No Comments

"Man-made chemicals in everyday products are likely to be at least the partial cause of a global surge in birth deformities, hormonal cancers and psychiatric diseases, a U.N.-sponsored research team reported on Tuesday," Reuters reports. "The international group, academic experts working under the umbrella of the United Nations environmental and health agencies UNEP and WHO, issued their findings in a paper (.pdf) updating a 2002 study on the potential dangers of synthetic chemicals," the news agency writes (Evans, 2/19). "The panel of 16 scientists from 10 nations in North America, Europe, Africa and Asia found that endocrine-related diseases and disorders are on the rise," according to Scientific American, which adds, "There is now 'emerging evidence for adverse reproductive outcomes' and 'mounting evidence' for effects on thyroids, brains and metabolism, according to the report summary" (Bienkowski, 2/19).

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