This chemical substance is considered a hazardous chemical. Because it acts like the hormone estrogen, BPA is considered a risk factor for animal and human reproduction and has been associated with reproductive disorders in humans and animals.
Due to processing and recycling of BPA-containing products, the chemical can be detected in water. Because BPA can leach from products, absorption can lead to detection in blood and urine samples.
"Dental sealants and composite filling materials containing Bisphenol A (BPA) derivatives are increasingly used in childhood dentistry. Evidence is accumulating that BPA and some BPA derivative can pose health risks attributable to their endocrine-disrupting properties."
Excerpt from article published in Paediatrics 2010.
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Needed Material: 5-7ml Urine
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Toxicological and Health Aspects of Bisphenol A
Report of Joint Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and World Health Organization (WHO) - Expert Meeting:
Bisphenol A (BPA) can be found in cans, DVDs, thermal paper, baby bottles and food packaging. From these products, the chemical leaches and is absorbed by humans. Through processing and recycling it can pollute rivers and lakes. BPA world production: 3.8 million tons each year.
BPA acts like estrogen and is known to disrupt reproduction in humans and animals. So far, only Canada, Denmark and France have banned the use of BPA in baby bottles and other products for children.
BPA exposure was estimated to be associated with 12,404 cases of childhood obesity and 33,863 cases of newly incident coronary heart disease, with estimated social costs of $2.98 billion in 2008.
The list of adverse health effects from BPA exposure continues to grow.
Bisphenol A, or BPA, is commonly used to line food and beverage cans, and helps to keep plastics flexible, but studies suggest the compound can leach into the foods we eat. High levels of BPA in the urine have been tied to behavior problems, obesity, hormone abnormalities and even kidney and heart problems. Now, new research from scientists at the Columbia Center of Children’s Environmental Health is linking the compound to an increased risk for asthma.