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BPA (plastic stiffener and soft drink can liner) linked to heart disease

A new article in the prestigious Journal of the American Medical Association demonstrates that adults with a higher level of Bisphenol A (or BPA) in their bodies are more likely to develop cardiovascular disease and Type 2 diabetes, along with liver-enzyme abnormalities. Earlier this month the National Toxicology Program reported that BPA may have an impact on the normal development of brains and prostate glands in fetuses and young children.  The manufacturers of BPA still contend, of course, that it is harmless.  That may be academic, however, as retailers and product manufacturers appear to be phasing out the sale or use of BPA:  WalMart has decided to phase out the sale of baby bottles with BPA, for example, and Nalgene is no longer going to use it in water bottles.  Soft drink manufacturers have not announced whether they will continue to line soft-drink cans with BPA. The FDA has a hearing planned:  under industry-friendly "don't regulate-ors", that is about all we can expect.

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