Prenatal exposure to endocrine-disrupting chemicals and child behavior

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The potential adverse effects of prenatal exposure to endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) on child behavior have been addressed in several recent studies, and a review of 14 studies published in the last 2 years (March 2017–March 2019) is provided. The published studies are focusing on several classes of EDCs including bisphenol A, phthalates, organochlorines, perfluoralkyl substances (PFAS), and polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs). Several methods have been used to identify abnormal behavior, including questionnaires and registered diagnoses. Overall, the results indicate that abnormal behavior may be associated with several of the EDC exposures although not entirely consistent. The most convincing associations observed relate to phthalate exposures (four studies all showing adverse associations) and PFAS exposures where both studies included also indicated an adverse association.

Original languageEnglish
JournalCurrent Opinion in Endocrine and Metabolic Research
Volume7
Pages (from-to)43-48
Number of pages6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2019

    Research areas

  • Behavior, Bisphenol A, Organochlorines, Perfluoralkyl substances, Phthalates, Prenatal exposure

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