This is an informative article about endocrine disruptors, which are chemicals that are often in the news. They are chemicals such as bisphenol A (BPA), and phthalates (used in plastics), and they may cause harm by interacting with our hormone system. There has been a great deal of controversy within the scientific community about these chemicals, and this article aims to provide a balanced view of the current debate and evidence.
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This is article from a series called 'Should we worry about..?' . The purpose of the series is to provide balanced information on chemicals that have had a high profile in the media. They are authored and approved by the Royal Society of Chemistry's Environment, Health and Committee (EHSC). One of the EHSC's aims is to help to improve the public image of chemistry and chemists by improving public understanding of the risks associated with the benefits of chemicals. To learn more about the EHSC, please go to www.rsc.org/ehsc.