New research from UTMB scientists found a newer chemical used to replace BPA called bisphenol S, or BPS, acts similarly to hormone-disrupting BPA. These are the chemicals used in food and drink containers. Appearing online in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives
, the new animal study finds BPS behaves very similarly to BPA, a chemical that throws off the body's natural signaling of estrogen, which is a bodily function both men and women need to be healthy. "This study shows us that very low levels of BPS can disrupt natural estrogen hormone actions in ways similar to what we see with BPA,” said UTMB’s Cheryl Watson. “That’s a real cause for concern.”
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