PRESS COVERAGE: Flame retardants linked to neurodevelopmental delays in children

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By Sarah Yang, Media Relations | November 15, 2012

BERKELEY —Prenatal and childhood exposure to flame retardant compounds are linked to poorer attention, fine motor coordination and IQ in school-aged children, a finding by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley’s School of Public Health that adds to growing health concerns over a chemical prevalent in U.S. households.

UC Berkeley researchers link prenatal and childhood exposure to PBDE flame retardants, a prevalent chemical found in households, to deficits in motor and cognitive development among school-aged children.

The new study, published today (Thursday, Nov. 15) in the journalEnvironmental Health Perspectives, focuses on PBDEs, or polybrominated diphenyl ethers, a class of persistent, endocrine-disrupting compounds widely found in foam furniture, electronics, carpets, upholstery and other consumer products. The chemicals easily leach out into the environment and are inhaled or ingested through dust, then accumulate in human fat cells.

For the full UC Berkeley press release click here.

For the article in the SFGATE click here.

For coverage on CBS’s Healthwatch click here.

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