Endocrine disruptors

George Creatsas and George Mastorakos

in Oxford Textbook of Endocrinology and Diabetes

Second edition

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Published in print July 2011 | ISBN: 9780199235292
Published online July 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199608232 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Textbooks

Endocrine disruptors

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During the past 50 years, there has been a huge increase in the number of chemical substances used worldwide as plasticizers, pesticides, detergents, paints, metal food cans, flame retardants, cosmetics, and chemical wastes, which exhibit the potential to interfere with the endocrine system of humans and animals. In addition, it has been found that many natural plant products have the same features (i.e. phyto-oestrogens). The public health risks related to these substances have raised reasonable concerns. Thus, the so-called endocrine disruptors have become the target of major scientific research.

Chapter.  5421 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Endocrinology and Diabetes

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