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BPA Exposure May Increase Asthma in Children

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A Columbia University research team reported that children with higher levels of BPA at ages 3, 5 and 7 had increased odds of developing the respiratory disease when they were between 5 and 12. The children studied had roughly the same concentrations of BPA as the average for U.S. kids. One out of every 10 U.S. children has been diagnosed with asthma, and the rate is even higher for black children -- one out of every six, according to 2011 data from the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention. BPA is used to make polycarbonate plastics and is found in some canned foods and beverages, paper receipts and dental sealants.

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