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BILA, Daniele Maia  and  DEZOTTI, Márcia. Desreguladores endócrinos no meio ambiente: efeitos e conseqüências. Quím. Nova [online]. 2007, vol.30, n.3, pp.651-666. ISSN 0100-4042.

There is an increasing interest in micropollutants in the environment that can interfere with the endocrine system, affecting health, growth and reproduction of animals and humans. These substances are known as Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals (EDCs) and can be found in domestic sewage, domestic wastewater treatment plant effluents, and in natural and potable waters. There are numerous chemicals classified as EDCs, such as pesticides, chemicals used and produced by chemical industries and natural and synthetic estrogens. EDCs can be related to the increase of the incidence of anomalies in the reproductive system of animals, cancer in humans and reduction of the masculine fertility.

Keywords : Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals; environment; human health.

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