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Damage to health from hormone disrupting chemicals warrants investigation, say WHO and UN

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f1248 (Published 25 February 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f1248
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

The World Health Organization and the United Nations have called for urgent research into hormone disrupting chemicals and their potential for damage to human and animal health.

The organisations have warned that many synthetic chemicals often present in common household products are not tested for any disrupting effects on the hormone system. In a report published on 19 February, WHO and the UN Environment Programme outlined the need for international research into associations between endocrine disrupting chemicals and specific diseases and disorders.1

The report says, “Close to 800 chemicals are known or suspected to be capable of interfering with hormone receptors, hormone synthesis …

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