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Bisphenol A and Adult Disease: Making Sense of Fragmentary Data and Competing Inferences

David Melzer, MB, PhD; and Tamara Galloway, BSc, PhD
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From Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Exeter, Exeter EX2 5DW, United Kingdom, and College of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Exeter, Exeter EX4 4PS, United Kingdom.


Grant Support: Drs. Melzer and Galloway's work on bisphenol A has been supported by unrestricted funds from the Peninsula Clinical Research Facility at the University of Exeter and by grant funding from the British Heart Foundation.

Potential Conflicts of Interest: Disclosures can be viewed at www.acponline.org/authors/icmje/ConflictOfInterestForms.do?msNum=M11-1803.

Corresponding Author: David Melzer, MB, PhD, Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Exeter, Barrack Road, Exeter EX2 5DW, United Kingdom; e-mail, david.melzer@pms.ac.uk.

Current Author Addresses: Dr. Melzer: Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Exeter, Barrack Road, Exeter EX2 5DW, United Kingdom.

Dr. Galloway: College of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Exeter, Prince of Wales Road, Exeter EX4 4PS, United Kingdom.


Ann Intern Med. 2011;155(6):392-394. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-155-6-201109200-00009
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