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Male Reproductive Health Disorders and the Potential Role of Exposure to Environmental Chemicals (Sharpe report)

Male Reproductive Health Disorders and the Potential Role of Exposure to Environmental Chemicals (Sharpe report) This report critically assesses the evidence that common and man-made chemicals widespread in the environment contribute to human male reproductive disorders. The disorders manifest themselves either at birth (malformation of the penis, undescended testicles) or in later in adulthood (reduced sperm count and quality or testicular cancer). The birth defects and later reproductive disorders share common risk factors and are considered as belonging to a testicular dysgenesis syndrome (TDS) with a common fetal origin. Written by Professor Richard Sharpe, Medical Research Council Human Reproductive Sciences Unit, Centre for Reproductive Biology, The Queen’s Medical Research Unit, Edinburgh, UK.

The fully referenced report identifies important areas for further discussion not only within the male reproductive health and wider medical community but also within the circle of decision makers responsible for chemicals regulation.

Last updated on 21 June 2011

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