Chemicals and Premature Deaths

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A shocking new report shows that chemicals in everyday products may contribute to at least 100,000 premature deaths per year.

The study specifically addressed the effect of phthalates, a synthetic chemical known to disrupt hormone production and found in everything from plastic packaging, makeup, personal care products and more. Researchers at New York University found that people with higher levels of platelets in their bodies were more likely to die prematurely, especially from heart problems. The researchers estimated that this costs the U.S. between $40-$47 billion per year.

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