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Mothers and Newborns Found to Absorb Chemicals Common in Everyday Products

Mother_and_SonNewswise — New research published today suggests that chemicals commonly used in consumer products are being absorbed by pregnant mothers and their newborns. The study, a collaboration between investigators at The Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center® at Hackensack Meridian Health Hackensack University Medical Center (Hackensack, NJ) and Rutgers University, appears to be the first study to explore in utero exposure to bisphenol-A (BPA) substitutes and the first U.S. study to test for BPA in maternal/fetal pairs. Read more

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Quick tips to reduce exposure to BPA and related chemicals:

-        ATM and store receipts have a BPA coating on the paper, so don’t take the receipt unless it’s needed, or ask for the receipt to be emailed if the store has this option.

-        Avoid clear, hard plastic water bottles, baby bottles, table ware and other food packaging, even if it says “BPA-free.” It may contain “cousin chemicals” such as BPA, BPS and others.

-        Instead, opt for glass, ceramic or stainless steel table ware and food wrappings.

-        Avoid canned food items, including soda in cans (the cans are lined with a BPA coating).

-        A general rule of thumb for all plastics: avoid heating them, so do not place them in the dishwasher, microwave or boil them.

-        Avoid dental sealants when possible (the type used to “seal” kids’ teeth and to fill cavities). Talk to your dentist about options and how to maintain your best dental health.


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