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Sunday, May 22, 2011

Flame Retardants in U.S. Kids Blood

Children in California have high levels of flame-retardant chemicals in their bodies, and they appear to be exposed to these chemicals through household dust and food, a new study shows.

The study found that Mexican-American children, whose mothers emigrated from Mexico before they were born, had blood levels of polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) that were seven times higher than children of the same age who were born and grew up in Mexico.

'The only levels that we've seen in the literature that are higher than the California children blood levels are children living on a hazardous waste site in Nicaragua,' says study researcher Brenda Eskenazi, PhD. Eskenazi is director of the Center for Environmental Research and Children's Health at the University of California, Berkeley. Read the entire article.

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