Flame Retardant Linked to Drop in Children’s IQ

New research shows that a hazardous class of flame retardant chemicals may be leading to a decrease in children’s intelligence.Researchers from the University of California San Francisco have found that the presence of polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE)—a chemical used in furniture and household products—has a negative impact on a child’s IQ.”Despite a series of bans and phase-outs, nearly everyone is still exposed to PBDE flame retardants, and children are at the most risk,” Tracey Woodruff, a professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences and a member of the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies, said in a statement. “Our findings should be a strong wake-up call to those policymakers currently working to weaken or eliminate environmental health protections.”After reviewing data from various studies from around the world of 3,000 mother-child pairs, the researchers discovered a 10-fold increase in a mother’s PBDE levels led to a 3.7 IQ point drop in the child.

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