The Endocrine Society is committed to raising awareness of endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs), a class of health hazards that can interfere with the body’s hormonal signaling. EDCs are present in many environmental items, including children’s products, food containers, personal care products, pesticides, and furniture, and exposure to these endocrine disruptors poses a threat to the health of current and future generations. This special collection of journal articles, published in 2015–2019, focuses on recent clinical and fundamental research into the mechanisms and effects of EDCs. Curation of the collection was guided by Altmetric Attention Scores and Featured Article designations.
Clinical studies look at the effects of early-life phthalate exposure, the impact of phthalates and bisphenol on time to pregnancy, the consequences of bisphenol exposure on glucose levels and insulin response, and much more. Basic science articles include studies that demonstrate that fracking uses EDCs that affect mammary gland development, investigate how bisphenol A causes transgenerational effects, and identify an emerging role for the immune system in mediating the harmful effects of EDCs, among others. The Endocrine Society’s second comprehensive Scientific Statement on EDCs is included, as well as a recent review that examines how EDCs impact reproduction through transgenerational epigenetic inheritance.
Selection in each Thematic Issue is guided by online metrics, including Altmetric Attention Scores, Featured Article designations, and identification of leading authors and key topics. Each month, we publish a new Thematic Issue online and work to highlight and promote endocrine science in the press, through email, on social media and across other distribution channels.