Increased exposure among pregnant women to flame-retardant chemicals found in older furniture and other products is linked to lowered IQs in their children, UCSF researchers said Thursday.Every tenfold increase in women’s exposure during pregnancy to the chemicals — polybrominated diphenyl ethers, or PBDEs — was associated with a 3.7-point decrease in their children’s IQ, the researchers said.While previous research has found similar health risks, the UCSF study provides the most comprehensive analysis of international data and the most definitive results, said co-author Tracey Woodruff, a UCSF professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences.The chemical industry says consumers today don’t have to choose between personal health and fire safety.“Flame retardants provide consumers with a critical layer of fire protection and they help save lives,” said Bryan Goodman, spokesman for the American Chemistry Council.The major manufacturers of flame retardants have spent millions of dollars on research both before and after their products go on the market.[...] flame retardants, like most chemicals, are subject to review by the EPA and other regulatory agencies around the world.The UCSF study, published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives, looked at international data from studies of 3,000 mother-child pairs.The chemicals became common in the 1970s in California to meet safety standards, specifically in response to fires started by cigarettes, which were manufactured so they would continue to burn down even if the smoker set them down — or fell asleep.“We have people who seek us out from all over the country because very few people sell or specialize in this,” said Rowena Finegan, owner of Pine Street Interiors in Sausalito, which sells health-conscious furniture and other household items, down to the non-toxic glue.Farrell said banning the chemicals would not only protect children and families, but also firefighters who inhale the flame retardants while battling fires and whose blood samples show a high level of dioxins.Prevent young children from touching and mouthing items with fire-retardant especially your cell phone or remote control.
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