Plastics, Chemicals & Early Puberty

Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Stern Auditorium
Icahn School of Medicine
New York, New York

To begin this symposium, Philip J. Landrigan, MD, MSc presented an overview of the most common childhood illnesses. In his presentation, he illustrated that the patterns of disease in children have changed, and he examined the role that environmental toxic chemicals play in causing these disease.

Next, Maida P. Galvez, MD, MPH emphasized the dangers of plastics to children’s health. In her presentation, she provided overviews of the plasticizers bisphenol A (BPA) and phthalates – including sources of exposure, health risks, current legislation, and tips to prevent exposures at home. Dr. Galvez concluded with a summary of the research conducted at Mount Sinai, including an overview of the National Children’s study.