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BPA is a component that is commonly found in plastics and many consumer products, but a new study is discouraging pregnant women from using anything container the substance. What is BPA? It is a low-grade estrogen that has been found in plastic water bottles, aluminum cans, and even heat-activated cash registers. About 92.6 percent of all people over the age of 6 have had detectable BPA exposure. The chemical has been associated with obesity, cardiovascular disease, prostate cancer, and neurological disorders in the past. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently banned BPA from sippy cups and baby bottles, but it can still be found in other containers.
According to Fox News, the plastic additive supposedly messes with women’s reproductive systems. It can cause chromosome damage, birth defects, and miscarriages. The study was completed with professors from Washington State University and the University of California, Davis. The professors used Rhesus monkeys as test subjects and found that when the females were exposed to higher levels of BPA they gave birth to babies with Down syndrome or other birth defects. Sometimes, the monkeys had a miscarriage instead.
In the past, professors have studied the effects of BPA on worms and rodents. The tests have merited similar results, but many have argued that worms and rats have no similarities to humans. Because Rhesus monkeys have reproductive systems that are very similar to humans, the study hits a lot closer to home. If you have used a specific water bottle or item with BPA, and you give birth to a child with defects or miscarry, then you may want to talk to a personal injury lawyer. You may be able to sue the company that created the product that brought so much difficulty into your life. Talk to a personal injury lawyer today for more information!