Study reports hints of phthalate threat to boys’ IQs

Researchers link lower IQs in children to a chemical found in some plastics and food packaging

By Janet Raloff, 17:45 PM April 5, 2010

You may have a hard time spelling phthalates, but there’s no avoiding them. They’re in the air you breathe, water you drink and foods you eat. And this ubiquity may carry a price, particularly for young boys, emerging data suggest. Including a drop in their IQ.

A new study examines cognitive risks from phthalates. The study wasn't big — including just 667 third- and fourth-graders. But it does cover a broad and nationally representative cross-section of South Korea’s youngsters. Moreover, w...

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