E-waste linked to decreased fertility hormones in Nigerian men

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From Environmental Health News, May 2, 2018.

Hormones vital for reproduction are “significantly lower” in men who work with toxic-filled electronic waste

Nigerian men who work with electronic waste have much lower levels of crucial fertility hormones than men unexposed to the waste, according to a new study.

The research, conducted in Benin City in southern Nigeria, suggests toxic metals and other contaminants in e-waste are reducing levels of key hormones in men in developing countries and could contribute to reduced sperm levels, and cause damage to the sperm’s DNA, stability and ability to fertilize eggs.

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