BOSTON — Exposure in the womb to bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical used to make plastic containers and other consumer goods, is associated with behavior and emotional problems in young girls, according to a study led by researchers at Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH), Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Medical Center and Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, British Columbia.
BPA is found in many consumer products, including canned food linings, polycarbonate plastics, dental sealants and some receipts made from thermal paper.
In this study, researchers collected data from 244 mothers and their 3-year-old children in the Health Outcomes and Measures of the Environment Study, conducted in the Cincinnati area.
After adjusting for possible contributing factors, increasing gestational BPA concentrations were associated with more hyperactive, aggressive, anxious and depressed behavior and poorer emotional control and inhibition in the girls.
The study was released online Monday in the journal Pediatrics.