House CallOct/Nov 2009 Issue

Research Roundup: Celiac-Disease on the Rise

Research Roundup: Celiac-Disease on the Rise

The latest medical news for people with allergies and food sensitivities

Research continues into the effects of BPA (bisphenol A), a component in polycarbonate plastic that can interfere with reproductive development in animals. BPA has also been linked to heart disease and diabetes in humans. Led by Harvard School of Public Health researchers, a recent study (published in Environmental Health Perspectives) found that students who drank cold beverages from plastic drinking bottles for a week had a 69 percent increase of BPA in their urine—this, after a “washout” week where students drank instead from stainless steel containers. The Harvard study is the first to show that drinking from polycarbonate bottles increased the level of urinary BPA. Earlier work revealed only that BPA leaches into container contents. The students in the study did not wash their bottles in the dishwasher or put hot liquids in them, activities said to increase the amount of leaching.

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