October 24, 2011
A common chemical used in products ranging from baby bottles to CD cases could be causing girls as young as three to become hyperactive and aggressive, researchers have claimed.
A study by leading U.S. scientists has found that those exposed to high levels of bisphenol A (BPA) in the womb are more likely to suffer from behavioural problems.
BPA, which is used to harden plastics, can be found in the lining of tins and bottles and the ends of knives and forks. It is known as the gender-bending chemical, as previous studies have shown it can interfere with the way hormones are processed.
Some scientists think that even relatively low doses can interfere with our behaviour, bodily functions and fertility. While some research has suggested that BPA is perfectly safe, other experiments have linked it to breast cancer, liver damage, obesity and diabetes.