Pregnant women carry fewer traces of flame retardants

Class of toxins linked to IQ deficits dropped drastically in three years, new study shows

By Ashley Yeager, 09:00 AM September 25, 2013

California’s 2003 ban on a type of flame retardant may be influencing the circulation of the chemical in people's blood. Traces of polybrominated diphenyl ethers, or PBDEs, in the blood of pregnant women decreased by 65 percent over a three-year period in the years following the ban, a new study shows.

The results are published September 25 in Environmental Science & Technology.

Scientists took blood samples from pregnant women seeking medical care in San Francisco between 2008-2009 and 2011-2...

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