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Cincinnati, will be presented May 6 at the annual meeting of the Pediatric Academic Societies in Washington, D.C. The unpublished results have been submitted to a peer-reviewed journal, but the paper has not yet been accepted.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