Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Another bad thing about phthalates: ADHD

Phthalates are chemicals put into plastics to make them stay pliable, as well as "enteric coatings of pharmaceutical pills and nutritional supplements to viscosity control agents, gelling agents, film formers, stabilizers, dispersants, lubricants, binders, emulsifying agents, and suspending agents" in all sorts of products. They were recently shown to be related to female play behavior by preschool boys.

This study in Korea, reported in Science Daily, "found a significant positive association between phthalate exposure and ADHD, meaning that the higher the concentration of phthalate metabolites in the urine, the worse the ADHD symptoms and/or test scores."

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