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Scientists Find Gene for Tooth Enamel
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Patients' Photos Help Boost Radiologists' Accuracy
Lifestyle Factors Tied to Older Adults' Diabetes Risk
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Fruits, Vegetables, Teas May Cut Smokers' Cancer Risk
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Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
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Agent Orange Exposure Tied to Prostate Cancer Return
Meat-Eating Dinosaurs Used Legs and Arms Like Birds
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Brain Pressure More Likely to Cause Vision Loss in Men
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Super Bowl Loss Can 'Kill' Some Fans
Consciousness Helps the Mind and Body Work Together
Go To Work But Skip The Car
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HRT Use Raises Risk of Stomach Trouble
Bowel Prep Harder on Women Than Men
Peppermint Oil, Fiber Can Fight Irritable Bowel
GENERAL HEALTH
Music Therapy For Prehistoric Man?
Any Old Cane Won't Do
Research Confirms How Valuable A Healthy Lifestyle Can Be
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Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
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E-Mailing Your Way to Healthier Habits
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Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
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Obese People Seem to Do Better With Heart Disease
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Soy Protein Doesn't Lower Cholesterol
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Grapefruit Compound Inhibits Hepatitis C Virus
Poor Restroom Cleaning Causes Cruise-Ship Sickness
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KID'S HEALTH
3 Home Habits Help Youngsters Stay Slim
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Mom and Baby Alike May Benefit From Exercise
MEN'S HEALTH
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The Dark Side of Vegetarianism
MENTAL HEALTH
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Green Spaces Boost the Body and the Mind
Optimism May Boost Immune System
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Heart Defects in Newborns Linked to Antidepressants
Acupuncture May Relieve Acid Indigestation In Pregnancy
Woman in America Are Delaying Motherhood, Study Says
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15-Point Test Gauges Alzheimer's Risk
Older Adults May Have Some Immunity to Swine Flu
Boost In Elderly Population Will Be Felt Worldwide
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Sleeping Could Help Women Lose The Baby Fat
Meditation May Help Put Primary Insomnia to Bed
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Natural Childbirth Moms More Attuned to Babies' Cry
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Environmental Chemicals May Affect Male Reproduction

(HealthDay News) -- High levels of persistent environmental chemicals are found in the breast milk of women in countries with high rates of male reproductive problems, say European researchers.

The chemicals, called environmental endocrine-disrupting chemicals, or EDCs, are commonly found in fatty foods, paints, plasticizers, pesticides and byproducts of industrial processes. Research has shown an association between EDCs and male reproductive problems, including poor semen quality and congenital genital abnormalities.

In the new study, published online Thursday in the International Journal of Andrology, the researchers measured levels of 121 chemicals in 68 samples of breast milk from women in Denmark and Finland. Denmark has a high rate of male reproductive problems, and Finland has a low rate, according to the study.

"We were very surprised to find that some EDC levels, including some dioxins, PCBs and some pesticides, were significantly higher in Denmark than in Finland," Niels Skakkebaek, a senior member of the research team, said in a news release from the journal's publisher. "Our findings reinforce the view that environmental exposure to EDCs may explain some of the temporal and between-country differences in incidence of male reproductive disorders."

However, Skakkebaek added that, despite the findings, he would "strongly urge women, including Danish women, to continue breastfeeding, which has many beneficial effects for the child."

SOURCES: Wiley-Blackwell, news release, Sept. 24, 2009