Flame-Retardant Chemicals May Be Linked to Lower IQs in Children

Picture: PD

Picture: PD

Chemicals once used to make furniture more resistant to flame has been implicated in childhood neurological deficits, including lower IQs and hyperactivity:

Via Scientific American:

The researchers tracked children through the first five years of their lives, looking at a battery of tests for IQ and behavior. They found that children of mothers who had high PBDE levels during their second trimester showed cognition deficits when the children were five years old as well as higher rates of hyperactivity at ages two to five. If the mother’s blood had a 10-fold increase in PBDEs, the average five-year-old had about a four-point IQ deficit. “A four-point IQ difference in an individual child may not be perceivable in…ordinary life. However, in a population, if many children are affected, the social and economic impact can be huge due to the shift of IQ distribution and productivity,” says lead author Aimin Chen, an assistant professor of environmental health at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. The findings, based on women and children from Cincinnati, will be presented May 6 at the annual meeting of the Pediatric Academic Societies in Washington, D.C. The unpublished results have been submitted to a peer-reviewed journal, but the paper has not yet been accepted.

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  • Rus Archer

    cue alanis morisette

  • InfvoCuernos

    Well, duh, says right in the name- “retardant”. O I can already hear the PC assholes puckering. Save it.

    • Geoff Henry

      Does it make them a flaming retard?

  • http://artasith-m-nasdsnre.tumblr.com/ Simon Valentine

    this is just ripe with bad joke
    “ooooowh, burn!”
    “not so hot now are ya?”
    “did you see that kid score again?” “yeah kid is totally on FIYA!”

    and you people still wonder about Monarch
    and telepathy
    counter-class action (extracurricular law) suits


    that is all

    a babel deck of cards.

    Only Laugh Once

  • BuzzCoastin

    that obsession with safety
    will be the death of us yet

  • http://artasith-m-nasdsnre.tumblr.com/ Simon Valentine

    i have no idea who your cardinal personality is talking about
    so i’d say that what you meant to say is that i am a lot of work more than you(re version of ‘me’)
    and that you need a lot of work
    but that’s just how you cardinals ‘work’
    don’t matadors mess with red too?

    drop the floor like you’re a banker, rep
    cut yourself instead of the decimals
    Soundness’ all the same dog bark
    Red shift blue shift gray-mane green-card
    Idiot camouflage invalidity noise
    Secrets servicing algorisms bois
    High side low side side side nothing
    Here come the sense that are come coming
    Hydraulic blisters pumping goo
    Pompous pilots pumping poo
    Octopi with suction cups
    Leaches with the teeth so rough
    Razorblades all in the hair
    Touch them if you dare you dare
    Commandless nugget crunching curses
    Orderers’ confuscations’ dryer orgies
    Soundness’ all the way back to borings
    Hit king a be kung fu winnuh
    Hit queen b c t’ong ku sinna
    Push button life de so moe hong
    Ich bein weil while mein kampf kong
    Whined witt wong went woo wis wim
    Sin fig sam est tu en geist par amen

    i’ll be expecting you to have some fallacious retort concerting ‘language’, semantics, or syntax, so you should take that and cardinality into advisement before you try to impersonate that you know someone is impersonating someone. again.

  • http://artasith-m-nasdsnre.tumblr.com/ Simon Valentine

    and you’re assuming you’re not one of them

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