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Butylparaben, a common preservative found in cosmetics and skincare products, could have more severe effects on the body’s endocrine system than previously established, according to new research from the National Food Institute at the Technical University in Denmark. Part of a class of chemicals known as parabens, butylparaben is widely found in everything from shampoos and conditioners to body lotions and sunscreens. It’s even used as an additive in medicine or food. Although previous studies show that the chemical can reduce sperm count in male rats that were exposed to it in utero, recent findings from the National Food Institute suggest that the compound could have other hormone-disrupting effects, including changes in breast tissue and ovary weight in females.