Synthetic ‘everywhere chemicals’ linked to deaths among older Americans: study

Synthetic ‘everywhere chemicals’ linked to deaths among older Americans: study


Daily exposure to synthetic chemicals called phthalates – found in a wide array of products, including plastic food containers, toys and cosmetics – may lead to over 100,000 premature deaths among older Americans each year, according to a new study.

Phthalates, a group of so-called “everywhere chemicals” used to make plastics more durable, are in hundreds of products such as soaps, shampoos, hair sprays, vinyl flooring and lubricating oils, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

A new study published Tuesday in the peer-reviewed journal Environmental Pollution found that people with the highest levels of the chemicals had a greater risk of death from any cause, particularly cardiovascular mortality, CNN reported.

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The phthalates may contribute to between 91,000 to 107,000 premature

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