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Health scare of the week: BPA linked to heart disease

Several studies show a link between bisphenol A—a common element of everyday plastics—and heart disease.

The bad news about the chemical bisphenol A just keeps coming. Bisphenol A, or BPA, is a common element of everyday plastics used in baby bottles, food-storage containers, and canned-food linings. Mounting evidence has linked BPA to developmental disorders and diabetes, cancer, and other diseases. The latest study, drawn from health data on 2,600 people, suggests that consuming trace amounts of the chemical—which leaches into food and liquids, especially when heated—can lead to an increased risk for heart disease. Two other studies also found links between BPA and heart disease, and that’s “a strong indication that what you’re seeing is not just some chance finding,” researcher Tamara Galloway tells National Geographic News. The news comes as the Food and Drug Administration questioned the safety of BPA, expressing “some concern” about the chemical and supporting the effort to remove it from baby bottles. 

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