Endocrine-disrupting chemicals, or EDCs, include phthalates, used in making toys, baby pacifiers, perfumes and drugs. Bisphenol A, another EDC, is found in food and beverage containers. According to a report by U.N. researchers, the presence of EDCs is likely the partial cause of a global surge in birth defects, some types of cancers, and other health problems.
Man-made chemicals cited in health scourges: UN report
GENEVA (Reuters) - Man-made chemicals in everyday products are likely to be at least the partial cause of a global surge in birth deformities, hormonal cancers and psychiatric diseases, a U.N.-sponsored research team reported on Tuesday. These substances, dubbed EDCs, could also be linked to a decli...