Exposure to fire retardants during pregnancy linked to hyperactivity, lower IQ in kids

May 6, 2013 4:02 PM

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Exposure to fire retardants during pregnancy linked to hyperactivity, lower IQ in kids

Fire retardant chemicals that are supposed to protect children may actually cause intelligence and behavioral problems in young kids.

Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) are chemicals that have been used to lower the risk of fires in items like baby strollers, carpets and electronics. Because of known health risks, the chemicals have mostly not been used in items on sale in the U.S. since 2004. However, since they are not very ...

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