BPA is under constant scrutiny for its role in numerous health issues. It is best known for being an endocrine disruptor, and the FDA recommends that children under age three and pregnant women should attempt to minimize their exposure to the chemical. A new study, the first of its kind to use human subjects, examines the link between BPA and autism. The recently published Bisphenol A Exposure in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders examined 52 children without autism and 46 children with autism to assess their levels of BPA, which is commonly found in the lining of canned food as well as a variety of other sources including cash register receipts. Using a urine analysis, the researchers found that the children with autism did not metabolize the BPA normally, resulting in more BPA remaining unbound in the body. While the small study did not look at BPA as an actual cause of autism, the link between the two will now likely be examined in a much closer light.

For more information on the effects of BPA on health, read our previous reports on BPA.

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