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News Summary: Chem link to miscarriage suggested

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The Associated Press | October 14, 2013 11:11 AM EST | AP


CHEMICAL WORRY: New research suggests that high levels of BPA, a chemical in many plastics and canned food linings, might raise the risk of miscarriage in women prone to that problem or having trouble getting pregnant.

NOT PROOF YET: The work is not nearly enough to prove a link, but it adds to "the biological plausibility" that BPA might affect fertility and other aspects of health, said Dr. Linda Giudice, president of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine.

ABOUT BPA: BPA, short for bisphenol-A, and certain other chemicals can have very weak, hormone-like effects. The chemical has been removed from baby bottles and many reusable drink containers.