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Flame retardants take a vacation

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12:07pm, October 21, 2003

Getting blood drawn may not be everyone's idea of a vacation. Yet that's just what some Swedish workers volunteered for. Researchers wanted to measure how bloodborne concentrations of polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs)–ubiquitous and potentially toxic flame retardants–changed during month-long respites from work. Other workers were tested in the workplace.

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