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Old 18-02-2019, 09:42 PM   #529
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Sofas and vinyl flooring are poisoning children: Scientists find high levels of toxins that affect brain development in kids exposed to flame retardants

Old sofas and vinyl flooring - particularly in public housing - contain hormone-disrupting toxins
Kids exposed to those products were found to have high levels of toxins in their blood and urine
Researchers warn these toxins can affect brain development and lead to obesity and elevated cancer risk
By Mia De Graaf Health Editor In Washington, Dc For
Published: 14:52, 17 February 2019 | Updated: 14:52, 17 February 2019

Fire-resistant foam used in sofas and vinyl flooring are poisoning children, a study warned.

Kids who live in public housing, where those materials are commonplace, have toxin levels in their blood and urine up to 15 times higher than those who aren't exposed.

Researchers warn this is yet another reason driving health disparities between the wealthy and poor: flame retardant chemicals (known as PBDEs) are linked to neurodevelopmental delays, obesity, endocrine and thyroid disruption, cancer and other diseases.

Dr Heather Stapleton of Duke University, who presented here findings at the American Association for the Advancement of Science conference this week, warned that despite attempts to curb these chemicals, they are still pervasive.

What's more, few studies have investigated how or whether these chemicals seep into the bloodstreams of children who are exposed to them.

'There are concerns that these chemicals could affect the developing brain,' Dr Stapleton said.
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