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BPA and Asthma

Submitted by CCPH on March 19, 2014 at 3:55pm.
Columbia Community Partnership for Health

Since its development in a Russian laboratory in 1891, the chemical Bisphenol-a (BPA) has become present in plastics manufacturing, appearing in everything from the lining of metal food cans to the paper used for cash register receipts. In a study, published by the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, faculty in the Mailman School’s Center for Children’s Environmental Health have documented a link between exposure to BPA among young children and the higher risk for asthma in that population.
The study builds on research evidence linking BPA exposure to respiratory symptoms, obesity, impaired glucose tolerance, and behavioral issues. In July, the Food and Drug Administration banned BPA in baby bottles and sippy cups. “It is very important to have solid epidemiologic research like ours to give the regulators the best possible information on which to base their decisions about the safety of BPA,” says senior author Robin Whyatt, DRPH, Professor of Environmental Health Sciences and deputy director of the center for Children’s Environmental Health.

Source: Mailman School of Public Health (2013). Data Points 7-11, BPA and Asthma. Retrieved from


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