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EHN: Flame Retardants Can Alter Thyroid Hormones In Pregnant Women, New Study Shows
June 21, 2010, 1:40 pm
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High levels of brominated flame retardants can alter pregnant women’s thyroid hormones, which are critical to a baby’s growth and brain development, according to a California study published Monday. The study is considered important because it is the first human research showing a link between the ubiquitous chemicals and altered levels of the hormones in pregnant women. The effects on babies are unknown, but some researchers say it may lead to smaller fetuses, and reduce children’s intelligence and motor skills.

By Marla Cone
Editor in Chief, Environmental Health News

June 21, 2010

Ubiquitous flame retardants can alter pregnant women’s thyroid hormones, possibly affecting a baby’s growth and development.

High levels of brominated flame retardants can alter pregnant women’s thyroid hormones, which are critical to a baby’s growth and brain development, according to a California study published Monday.

The study is considered important because it is the first human research showing a link between the ubiquitous chemicals and altered levels of the hormones in pregnant women. The effects on babies are unknown, but some researchers say it may lead to smaller fetuses, and reduce childen’s intelligence and motor skills.

Read further at http://www.environmentalhealthnews.org/ehs/news/flame-retardants-linked-to-altered-thyroid-hormones-in-pregnant-women

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