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Fetal attraction: bisphenol A buildup in the womb? — Environmental Health News

A rodent study found that bisphenol A (BPA) levels were higher in the fetus during earlier parts of pregnancy when compared to the mother and newborns. However, the BPA only congregated in specific tissues when the rats were intravenously (IV) dosed with BPA and not when they were exposed by mouth. While BPA exposure is widespread and frequent, scientists continue to debate its toxicity and human health risks. There have been questions about whether BPA exposure during pregnancy can reach the fetus and impact fetal development. The fetus and child might be more susceptible to BPA exposure because of rapidly developing organs and an immature ability to detoxify substances. BPA is a chemical used in a wide variety of consumer products, including polycarbonate plastics, food can linings, and thermal receipts. A recent study also found that BPA levels are higher in women expos...

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