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Researchers Link Phthalates Exposure to Less Masculine Behavior in Boys

9:20 AM MST | November 17, 2009 | Kara Sissell

A recent survey published online in the International Journal of Andrology links prenatal exposure to certain phthalates with “less male-typical” behavior in boys. The researchers, lead by Shanna Swan at the University of Rochester’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology (Rochester, NY), builds on a previous study Swan participated in that linked phthalate exposure to adverse human male development health effects. Industry representatives have challenged the results, saying the data and methods used would not withstand further scientific...

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