endocrine disruptor

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endocrine disruptor

A substance which interferes with the synthesis, secretion, transport, binding, action or elimination of natural hormones in the body that are responsible for development, behaviour, fertility and maintenance of homeostasis (normal cell metabolism).

Examples
DDT, polychlorinated biphenyls, bisphenol A, polybrominated diphenyl ethers, phthalates.

endocrine disruptor

(dĭs-rŭp′tĕr)
A chemical that may imitate or block the function of natural hormones if it is absorbed by the body. Many pesticides and plasticizing compounds, e.g., phthalates, are thought to disrupt endocrine pathways, esp. if they are absorbed by pregnant women during embryonic and fetal development.
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At age 76 Theo founded The Endocrine Disruption Exchange (TEDX), a research organization devoted to understanding how environmental exposures to endocrine disruptors interfere with development and health.
The basis of the alarm is that certain chemicals called endocrine disruptors can harm human health, but I'm not convinced by this theory.
Another unique feature of Kirkman's Senior Essential nutritional supplement line is the company's "Ultra Tested" certification for purity, which ensures that every raw ingredient has been tested for more than 950 environmental contaminants, including heavy metals, common allergens, pesticides, fungicides, endocrine disruptors and harmful chemicals.
Professor Exley said: "There has been a significant decline in male fertility, including sperm count, throughout the developed world over the past several decades and previous research has linked this to environmental factors such as endocrine disruptors.
Other endocrine disruptors may increase the chance of prostate cancer in men.
Contract notice: Framework contract on implementation of the EU strategy on endocrine disruptors.
Lena Ek said the Commission was supposed to have drawn criteria for testing for suspected endocrine disruptors, found in everything from food and cleaning products to plastic containers.
The scientists showed that when endocrine disruptors were applied at concentrations measured in body fluids, it directly opened CatSper and, thereby, increased the calcium levels in sperm, changed their swimming behavior, and triggered the release of digestive enzymes that helped the sperm to break through the egg coat.
Endocrine disruptors are found in everything from plastics to pesticides, toys to cosmetics, and there are growing concerns about their safety.
Endocrine disruptors that act like estrogen can contribute to the development of breast and ovarian cancers in women, and other endocrine disruptors may increase the chance of prostate cancer in men.
Tim discusses a range of topics from vitamin deficiencies, endocrine disruptors, trends in evidence-based medicine, and finding a good doctor in the age of “New Medicine,” to new insights into endocrine effects in gender and race.
It has two new chapters on environmental neurotoxicants and endocrine disruptors, and neurodegenerative diseases.