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Study Links Penta-BDE with Decrease in Birth Weight

11:16 AM MDT | September 1, 2011 | Kara Sissell

Researchers say a recent study of polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE) flame retardants indicates a link between a mother’s higher level of brominated flame retardants and a newborn’s lower birth weight. The study, by researchers at the University of California at Berkeley found each 10-fold increase in penta-BDE resulted in a decreased in birth weight of about 115 grams. That decrease is relatively large, compared with the decrease of 150g-250g associated with mothers who smoke during pregnancy. Researchers say they were unable to measure the main...

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