Volume 88 Issue 26 | p. 38 | Concentrates
Issue Date: June 21, 2010

Children's Blood Contains High Levels Of PBDE Fire Retardants

Toxic Substances: Children's levels are higher than their mothers'
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Environmental SCENE
Keywords: polybrominated diphenyl ethers, PBDEs, flame retardants, dust, children

Confirming a long-held supposition, new research shows that children bear high burdens of polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE) flame retardants in their bodies. In the first study to compare children's uptake with that of their mothers, researchers found that children's PBDE levels are around 2.8 times higher (Environ. Sci. Technol., DOI: 10.1021/es1009357).

For decades, the retardants featured in a . . .

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