A new study that measures levels of endocrine-disrupting chemicals in homes in two cities found similar levels of the chemicals in both settings. These results indicate that exposure to the compounds is widespread.
The health impacts of endocrine disruptors, which mimic naturally occurring human hormones, are still being studied. But concern is mounting that these chemicals could be partly to blame for aberrations in child development, including early puberty and breast development in girls as young as 7 or 8.
The study, published online this month in the journal Environmental Science and Technology, was funded by The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and The New York Community Trust.