Phthalates are a group of chemicals used to make plastics more flexible and harder to break.
One type, DEHP, was banned from baby bottles and other children's items back in 2009. Now, it appears the ban has helped lower exposure to some phthalates, while opening the door to others.
Researchers looked at samples from over 11,000 study participants that measured phthalate levels. The samples were taken at different intervals since 2001.
Exposures to some phthalates subject to the permanent ban BBzP, DnBP and DEHP all went down. But exposures went up in other phthalates. In one case, DiNP, which is being used to replace banned DEHP, over 100%.
A growing body of scientific evidence suggests phthalates can disrupt the endocrine system, which secretes hormones, and may have serious long-term health consequences. This study shows the ban has impacted exposure to some, but not all.
I'm Dr. Cindy Haines of HealthDay TV, with news from today that can lead to healthy tomorrows.