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Record Levels of Toxic PBDE Found In Pregnant California Women

By Kelly Balamuth on August 19, 2011

As reported by The LA Times, research recently released showed the largest levels ever recorded of toxic polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) in pregnant women from Northern and Central California.

According to the study published in the Environmental Science and Technology journal, a UC San Francisco research group studied 25 second-trimester pregnant women from Northern and Central California seeking care in San Francisco during 2008 and 2009, and observed high levels of the chemicals in their bloodstream, potentially endangering their babies. PBDEs are fire resistant chemicals that were mostly banned in California beginning in 2004, and may be harmful to the liver, thyroid, and nerve development, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
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