Tuesday, December 27, 2011

BPA and the Female Heart

BPA, or bisphenol A, is one of the components in hard, clear plastic -- those ubiquitous refillable water bottles and baby bottles, as well as in the linings of canned foods.

Now researchers at the University of Cincinnati, in an NIH-funded study, have shown that BPA affects female hearts: http://www.sciencenews.org/view/generic/id/337035/title/BPA_sends_false_signals_to_female_hearts

What struck me is that the researchers are calling this a "gender-specific vulnerability to arrhythmias."

I'm hoping that this is a positive development in researchers realizing that males and females are not identical and research that just includes males is not automatically applicable to females.

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