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Babies born to mothers with high concentrations of endocrine disrupters in their breast milk may run a greater risk of retarded development, according to the results of a recent study.

Conducted by a group of researchers including Junya Nagayama, an assistant professor at the Kyushu University School of Health Sciences, the study — released Saturday — showed that endocrine disrupters such as the agrichemical DDT and polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) lead to low concentrations of thyroid hormone, which is crucial to brain development.

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