Early puberty from shampoo, toothpaste and soap linked to cancers and behavior problems

December 24, 2018

 


Study links early puberty in girls to chemicals in shampoo, toothpaste and soap – even if only used by mother in pregnancy…Chemicals known as endocrine disrupters, commonly found in hygiene products, may mimic hormones and lead children to mature well before their natural time…Over the past 20 years, girls have been reaching puberty earlier, with high risks of some medical and behavioural problems…Girls exposed to chemicals commonly found in shampoo, toothpaste and soap may hit puberty earlier, even if their only exposure is through the products their mothers used while they were pregnant, according to a new longitudinal study led by researchers at UC Berkeley…Published in the journal Human Reproduction, this new report comes from data collected as part of the Centre for the Health Assessment of Mothers and Children of Salinas (CHAMACOS) study. That project followed 338 children from before birth into adolescence to reveal how early environmental exposures may impact childhood development…scientists have linked the early onset of puberty with greater risk of mental illness, breast and ovarian cancer in girls…”(South China Morning Post, Dec. 22, 2018)

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