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Although PCBs have been banned in the United States since 1979, University of Montreal and CHU Sainte-Justine researcher Maryse Bouchard has found that higher levels of the toxin was associated with lower cognitive performance in seniors.
Environment and Human Health, Inc.'s new research report closely examines the health risks that flame-retardants pose to the general population and recommends sweeping policy changes to protect
River otters in central Illinois are being exposed to chemical substances that had been banned for use in the US at least three decades ago, according to research published in the latest edition of the journal Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety.
Global consumption for flame retardant chemicals reached 3.9 billion lbs in 2012 and is expected to grow to 4 billion lbs by 2013.
By determining the three-dimensional structure of proteins at the atomic level, researchers at the National Institutes of Health have discovered how some commonly used flame retardants, called brominated flame retardants (BFRs), can mimic estrogen hormones and possibly disrupt the body's endocrine system.
Flame retardants are often extremely harmful to health.
Since polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) are produced through industrial processes or activities, it is assumed that people living in industrial cities will have higher concentrations of these toxic chemicals in their blood than people in rural communities.
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