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Endocrine disruptors 

Endocrine disruptors
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Endocrine disruptors
Author(s):

George Creatsas

and George Mastorakos

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199235292.003.1050
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date: 16 June 2019

During the past 50 years, there has been a huge increase in the number of chemical substances used worldwide as plasticizers, pesticides, detergents, paints, metal food cans, flame retardants, cosmetics, and chemical wastes, which exhibit the potential to interfere with the endocrine system of humans and animals. In addition, it has been found that many natural plant products have the same features (i.e. phyto-oestrogens). The public health risks related to these substances have raised reasonable concerns. Thus, the so-called endocrine disruptors have become the target of major scientific research.

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