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Flame Retardant Causes Altered Thyroid Hormone Levels

Pregnant women with higher blood levels of PBDEs, a common class of flame retardants, had altered thyroid hormone levels -- a fact that could have implications for fetal health.

PBDEs, or polybrominated diphenyl ethers, are organobromine compounds which are found in household items such as carpets, electronics and plastics. PBDEs can leach out into the environment and accumulate in human fat cells.


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