Spikes in sex hormones drive teenage development and desire. They fire up the physiology of reproduction and push teens toward adulthood. These dramatic physical changes can make for emotionally—and biologically—vulnerable times.
The real question was how flame retardants were getting into women’s bodies in the first place.
“Children are not little adults!” This refrain that one sometimes hears in the medical world reminds us that we must take into account children’s distinct developmental and physiological concerns.
Flame retardants are ubiquitous at preschools and day care centers, potentially exposing children to chemicals that are hazardous to their health, UC Berkeley researchers wrote in a study published Thursday.