Dr. Eli J. Hurowitz, Occupational and Environmental Medicine Physician, takes a look at a recent study out of Mount Sinai that draws potential connections between chemical exposure and liver disease:
In a study published in New York, NY on July 6, 2022, researchers at Mount Sinai have reported that there may be a link between prenatal exposure to certain chemicals and the development of liver disease in children. The study was inspired by the growing incidence and occurence of liver disease in children, specifically with the potential for cancer-causing development later on in adulthood. The chemicals in question are endocrine-disrupting chemicals. It is possible that a woman may be exposed to such elements in both industrial and consumer products, which includes a wide variety of environmental pollutants, pesticides, toxic metals, plastics, flame retardants and even nonstick cookware and so-called food safe packaging — just to name a few. For the study, researchers utilized cytokeratin-18 as a novel marker to observe the pediatric liver disease in question in a lab setting. The results certainly indicate potential links. For the full study, be sure to check out the recent publication in JAMA.