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Reuters: Plasticizer May Be Tied To Boys’ Breast Enlargement
December 16, 2009, 10:05 am
Filed under: News

NEW YORK – A report out today points to yet another possible harmful effect of exposure to phthalates — a controversial plastics chemical used widely in the manufacture of consumer products.

Researchers from Turkey found higher blood levels of the most commonly used plasticizer, DEHP, in a group of boys with abnormal enlargement of the breasts — a common condition seen in up to 65 percent of adolescent boys called pubertal gynecomastia. The condition usually resolves on its own after boys get through puberty.

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