Widely used chemical linked to 100,000 US deaths per year, study shows

Daily exposure to phthalates, a group of chemicals used in everything from plastic containers to make-up, may lead to around 100,000 deaths in older Americans annually, a study from New York University warned Tuesday.The chemicals, which can be found in hundreds of products such as toys, clothing and shampoo, have been known for decades to be “hormone disrupters”, affecting a person’s endocrine system.The toxins can enter the body through such items and are linked to obesity, diabetes and heart…


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