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Paper receipts could lead to BPA-related health issues, study shows

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A startling new study has revealed that people who repeatedly touch store receipts have elevated levels of Bisphenol-A, a controversial chemical used to make plastic.

Reproductive problems in adults and neurodevelopment delays in children have been linked to BPA exposure through food.

What some may not know is that the chemical is also used to make thermal receipt paper used in many grocery stores, gas stations and ATM machines.

As part of the study, researchers measured BPA levels in the urine of a small group of volunteers before and after handling receipts for two straight days. They found a clear increase among those who did not wear gloves.

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