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ScienceNews: Skin Is No Barrier To BPA, Study Shows
November 11, 2010, 10:03 am
Filed under: News

Finding suggests handling store receipts could be significant source of internal exposure
By Janet Raloff Web edition : Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010  

Bisphenol A readily passes through skin, French scientists report. Best known as an estrogen-mimicking constituent of some plastics and resins, BPA is also found in a large share of cash register receipt paper in the United States and Europe, a trio of studies recently indicated. One of the three also showed that the powdery coating easily rubs off onto the hands.

“The new study is now unequivocal in showing that yes, BPA can go through human skin,” says Frederick vom Saal of the University of Missouri-Columbia.

It may also explain why a survey due to appear in an upcoming issue of Environmental Health Perspectives found that among nearly 400 pregnant Cincinnati-area women, the highest BPA concentrations were in cashiers. However, Joe M. Braun and his coauthors note, “these results should be interpreted cautiously since estimates from cashiers were based on 17 women.”

 Read the article at http://www.sciencenews.org/view/generic/id/64972/title/Skin_is_no_barrier_to_BPA,_study_shows

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