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Updating the Toxic Substances Control Act to Protect Human Health

Leonardo Trasande, MD, MPP1,2
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1Department of Pediatrics, New York University School of Medicine, New York, New York
2New York University Wagner School of Public Service, New York, New York
JAMA. 2016;315(15):1565-1566. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.2037.
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This Viewpoint attempts to explain flaws in bills from both houses of Congress to update the Toxic Substances Control Act for the first time in 40 years.

Increasing evidence from laboratory and human studies shows that synthetic chemicals contribute to disease and dysfunction across the life course. Of particular emerging concern is the disruption of the hormonal process that has been found to be associated with increasing rates of obesity, diabetes, neurodevelopmental disabilities, infertility, and breast and prostate cancers.1 Given the magnitude of human and economic burden associated with these conditions, it might be expected that the passage of bipartisan legislation in both houses of Congress to update the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) for the first time in 40 years would meet with widespread approval by the public health and medical community.

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