The Cost of Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals in the Environment
Research appearing in The Lancet (17 October 2016 http:// dx.doi.org/10.1016/S2213-8587(16) 30275-3) Looked at Endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) and their link to disease and the possible contribution to an increase in medical costs (>1% of the gross domestic product [GDP] in the European Union). Because EDC exposure varies between the United States and Europe, due to a difference in regulations. The authors used this difference to quantify disease burdens and costs related to EDC exposure. EDC exposure in the USA contributes to disease and dysfunction, with annual costs taking up more than 2% of the GDP ($340 billion, or 2.33% of GDP). In Europe, the cost is lower ($217 billion, or 1.28% of the GDP) Differences from the European Union suggest the need for improved screening for chemical disruption to endocrine systems and proactive prevention. The disease costs of EDCs were much higher in the USA than in Europe ($340 billion [2·33% of GDP] vs $217 billion [1·28%]). In the United States, there is a greater exposure to Polybrominated diphenyl ethers or PBDEs. These are organobromine compounds that are used as flame retardants. PBDEs have been used in a wide array of products, including building materials, electronics, furnishings, motor vehicles, airplanes, plastics, polyurethane foams, and textiles. They are structurally akin to the PCBs and other polyhalogenated compounds. The United States had a greater loss of intelligence quotient (IQ) points loss and intellectual disability due to PBDEs (11 million IQ points lost and 43,000 cases costing $266 billion in the USA vs 873,000 IQ points lost and 3,290 cases costing $12·6 billion in the European Union). In the European Union, organophosphate pesticides were the largest contributor to costs associated with EDC exposure ($121 billion), whereas in the USA costs due to pesticides were much lower ($42 billion).
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