Chevy Chase, MD (February 19, 2013)— Endocrine-disrupting chemicals found in cosmetics, electronics, food additives and other items people use each day have been linked to health conditions such as cancer, infertility and obesity. The United National Environment Programme (UNEP) and World Health Organization (WHO) recently released a joint report calling for more research into endocrine-disrupting chemicals. Endocrine Society member R. Thomas Zoeller, MS, PhD, an expert on endocrine-disrupting chemicals, is prepared to offer comment on the many questions surrounding this issue, including:

• What are endocrine-disrupting chemicals?• What are the health effects of exposure to endocrine disrupters?• How are people exposed to endocrine-disrupting chemicals?• How widespread are endocrine-disrupting chemicals?• What is being done to reduce exposure?

The Endocrine Society and its members are concerned about the possible health threat posed by endocrine-disrupting chemicals. The Endocrine Society’s Scientific Statement on the issue is available at http://www.endo-society.org/journals/scientificstatements/upload/edc_scientific_statement.pdf.

WHO: R. Thomas Zoeller, MS, PhD Representative of The Endocrine Society Professor, University of Massachusetts

WHAT: Endocrine Society member R. Thomas Zoeller, MS, PhD, is available to discuss the dangers of endocrine-disrupting chemicals and the joint UNEP-WHO report.

CONTACT: To schedule an interview, please contact Jenni Glenn Gingery at jgingery@endo-society.org or 301-941-0240.

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