“Kids whose moms had the highest levels of certain chemicals in their bodies during pregnancy had markedly lower IQs at age 7, researchers said Wednesday.
It’s the latest in a series of studies linking the chemicals, called phthalates, with health effects ranging from behavioral disorders to deformations of the sex organs.
While the study doesn’t show for sure that the phthalates damaged the kids’ brains during development, the researchers say they did everything they could to filter out other possible effects and they still found the link between some — but not all — of the phthalates and IQ.
Could low fertility be a sign of other health issues for men? Traditional societies linked overall health to fertility. This new study supports that idea.
“Poor semen production can interfere with a couple’s ability to conceive, but new research from Stanford suggests it also may be connected to a variety of health problems unrelated to fertility, including high blood pressure and other harbingers of heart disease.
A study of more than 9,000 men who sought help for infertility found that those with low sperm counts, poor sperm motility and other impaired semen production were at greater risk of having certain heart and vascular problems, plus skin diseases and disorders relating to the endocrine system. In fact, the more defects in the men’s semen, the more likely they were to have other health problems.”
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