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Commonly used chemicals could cause premature deaths among older Americans each year: Study

New York University’s study says the resulting annual economic burden is between $40 billion and $47 billion

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A scientific study led by researchers at New York University’s Grossman School of Medicine Daily has warned that exposure to chemicals called phthalates -- used in the manufacture of plastic food containers and many cosmetics -- may lead to roughly 100,000 premature deaths among older Americans each year.

The resulting annual economic burden is between $40 billion and $47 billion, a value more than quadruple that of previous estimates, said the study.

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