Navigation Links
Environmental Chemicals May Affect Male Reproduction

European study finds more evidence in areas where more men have problems,,

THURSDAY, Sept. 24 (HealthDay News) -- High levels of persistent environmental chemicals are found in the breast milk of women in countries with high rates of male reproductive problems, say European researchers.

The chemicals, called environmental endocrine-disrupting chemicals, or EDCs, are commonly found in fatty foods, paints, plasticizers, pesticides and byproducts of industrial processes. Research has shown an association between EDCs and male reproductive problems, including poor semen quality and congenital genital abnormalities.

In the new study, published online Thursday in the International Journal of Andrology, the researchers measured levels of 121 chemicals in 68 samples of breast milk from women in Denmark and Finland. Denmark has a high rate of male reproductive problems, and Finland has a low rate, according to the study.

"We were very surprised to find that some EDC levels, including some dioxins, PCBs and some pesticides, were significantly higher in Denmark than in Finland," Niels Skakkebaek, a senior member of the research team, said in a news release from the journal's publisher. "Our findings reinforce the view that environmental exposure to EDCs may explain some of the temporal and between-country differences in incidence of male reproductive disorders."

However, Skakkebaek added that, despite the findings, he would "strongly urge women, including Danish women, to continue breastfeeding, which has many beneficial effects for the child."

More information

The U.S. National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences has more about the environment and reproductive health.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: Wiley-Blackwell, news release, Sept. 24, 2009

Copyright©2009 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Environmental stress probed in cardiovascular disease, diabetes
2. Dow Jones Sustainability Index Again Recognizes Abbott for Continued Leadership in Business, Environmental and Social Performance
3. GladRags Introduces the Moon Cup - An Environmentally-Sound and Safe Alternative to Disposable Feminine Hygiene Products!
4. Green Seal Ramps Up Environmental Standard for Household Cleaners
5. ADA Updates Environmental Recommendations for Handling Waste
6. Statement by Gerald Leape, Vice President, Marine Conservation, National Environmental Trust, on a New Recommendation From Scientists Urging Pregnant Women to Eat More Fish
7. Proctor & Gamble Receives EPA Childrens Environmental Health Excellence Award
8. The Environmentally Friendly Superbug Killer
9. NIEHS awards outstanding new environmental scientists
10. IOM Workshop Calls for Greater Research Focus on Environmental Causes of Autism
11. National Autism Association and Deirdre Imus Environmental Center for Pediatric Oncology Announce National Greening Your School Initiative
Post Your Comments:
Related Image:
Environmental Chemicals May Affect Male Reproduction 
(Date:6/24/2016)... MIAMI, Fla. (PRWEB) , ... June 24, 2016 , ... ... Florida Trend magazine’s 2016 Legal Elite. The attorneys chosen by their peers for this ... of Florida. , Seven Greenberg Traurig Shareholders received special honors as members of this ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... Comfort Keepers® of San Diego, CA is excited ... To Recovery® program to drive cancer patients to and from their cancer treatments. ... highest quality of life and ongoing independence. Getting to and from medical treatments ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... Plano, TX (PRWEB) , ... June 24, 2016 , ... ... taking part in Genome magazine’s Code Talker Award, an essay contest in which patients ... for an award to be presented at the 2016 National Society of Genetic Counselors ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... York, NY (PRWEB) , ... June 24, 2016 ... ... publication Haute Living, is proud to recognize Dr. Barry M. Weintraub as a ... that “the most beautiful women in the world, and the most handsome men, ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... , ... June 24, 2016 , ... ... actively feeding the Frederick area economy by obtaining investment capital for emerging technology ... past 2½ years that have already resulted in more than a million dollars ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/23/2016)... announced the establishment of Astellas Farma Colombia (AFC), a new affiliate with operations headquartered in Bogota. Colombia ... ... ... ... Astellas is a pharmaceutical ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... , June 23, 2016 The vast majority ... outpatient dialysis facility.  Treatments are usually 3 times a ... per visit, including travel time, equipment preparation and wait ... but especially grueling for patients who are elderly and ... skilled nursing and rehabilitation centers for some duration of ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... YORK , June 23, 2016 ... waters, but it continues to present great opportunities to ... companies for today: Intrexon Corp. (NYSE: XON ... Arena Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: ARNA ), and ... more about these stocks and receive your complimentary trade ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: