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Scientists have reported new evidence that low doses of the chemical bisphenol A (BPA), widely used to make plastic food and drinking containers, can impair brain function in primates, extending the findings of previous research conducted in rats.
These findings have "profound implications," the investigators maintain, given the critical role of these nerve connections in cognition and mood.
In a laboratory study, using fresh human fat tissues, the UC team found that BPA suppresses a key hormone, adiponectin, which is responsible for regulating insulin sensitivity in the body and puts people at a substantially higher risk for metabolic syndrome.
Metabolic syndrome is a combination of risk factors that include lower responsiveness to insulin and higher blood levels of sugar and lipids. According to the American Heart Association, about 25 percent of Americans have metabolic syndrome. Left untreated, the disorder can lead to life-threatening health problems such as coronary artery disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes.
"The FDA's assessment relies on just two studies which were funded by the American Chemistry Council (ACC). This ignores dozens of other studies done by independent scientists which have found evidence of health consequences," says Dr. Sarah Janssen, a physician and scientist with the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).
"The chemical industry's efforts to hide or misrepresent the hazards of its product have been so blatant that Congress has felt the need to intervene," said Dr. Jennifer Sass, a scientist with NRDC. Congress is scrutinizing the communications between the ACC and a PR firm, the Weinberg Group, whose clients have included the alcohol and tobacco industries.
The American Chemistry Council represents the companies that make the products that make modern life possible
Telegraph.co.uk 03/08/2007 - A warning about a possible link with breast and prostate cancers from a hormone-like chemical found in everyday plastic products such as food containers and water bottles has been issued by an international expert group.
Earlier this week a study of animals concluded that exposure within the womb to bisphenol A (BPA), a bulk chemical used in the production of plastics and resins, could cause changes in offspring linked with diseases such as obesity, cancer and diabetes.