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Bisphenol A (BPA), a compound found in hard clear plastic, has come under intense scrutiny lately. The National Toxicology Program issued a report acknowledging that it might harm humans, especially infants. Health Canada announced it may ban the compound from baby bottles. We talk with a biological researcher, Dr. Fred vom Saal, about this hormone disrupter.

You know about the germs lurking in your kitchen sink, but have you ever thought about the ones you are tracking into the house on your shoes? Dr. Chuck Gerba says they are worth worrying about, especially if there are small children in the household.

A stop-smoking drug called Chantix has become very popular. But epidemiologist Curt Furberg says the side effects can be hazardous to public health. People operating machinery such as airplanes, cranes or vehicles may lose consciousness or control.

A People’s Pharmacy/iGuard survey shows that muscle aches and pains are common among people taking statin cholesterol medicines. iGuard is a community for patients to learn about risk and interaction concerns as well as share feedback. www.iGuard.org.

Explore the stories behind the health headlines.
Guests: Frederick vom Saal, PhD, is professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Missouri at Columbia, Missouri.

Charles Gerba, PhD, is professor of microbiology at the University of Arizona in Tucson, AZ.

Curt Furberg, MD, is professor of public health sciences at Wake Forest University School of Medicine.

 

Bill Moyers Journal did a story on BPA and the science behind the regulation.

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Two years ago I started having almost daily low level headaches. I had never had any headache problems before. I examined all the variables. Perhaps too much running (I had just started a program about a year previous); perhaps soy milk consumption. My thinking was also that perhaps I was not getting enough water and I was running about 4 miles 4 times a week. I kept drinking more water.

Finally I lost the container I was drinking from while running and bringing soy milk and other drinks to work. After a few weeks I noticed the headaches stopped. It then dawned on me I had been drinking from a hard plastic sports bottle with #7 stamped on the bottom. Then about that time I started coming across all the articles and programs on this matter.

They have not returned since I have stayed away from the bottles. I kept thinking it was a coincidence and they would return. But I am happy to say they have not returned since I stopped usiing the bottles about 4 months ago.

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