Navigation Links
Mexican-American Children Have High Levels of Flame-Retardants in Blood
Date:4/20/2011

WEDNESDAY, April 20 (HealthDay News) -- Levels of flame-retardant chemicals are seven times higher in Mexican-American children living in California than in children in Mexico, a new study reports.

The researchers also found that levels of flame retardants -- polybrominated diphenyl ethers, or PBDEs -- in Mexican-American children in California were higher than those found in almost all other groups of children ever studied.

"Only Nicaraguan children who lived and worked on hazardous waste sites had higher reported levels of PBDEs in their bodies than the California children," study leader Brenda Eskenazi of the Center for Environmental Research and Children's Health at the University of California, Berkeley, said in a news release.

The findings appear online April 15 ahead of print in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives.

The researchers suggest that house dust was the major source of the kids' exposure to PBDEs.

PBDEs are used in a wide range of products, including the foam padding in upholstered furniture, carpet pads, child car seats and crib mattresses.

"These products tend to have long lifespans, and the flame retardants are not chemically bound to the materials they're used with," said study co-author Asa Bradman, also of the Center for Environmental Research and Children's Health. "As polyurethane foam and other materials containing the flame retardants age and degrade, they can release PBDEs into people's homes in the form of dust. And scientists know that when you have persistent pollutants in dust, they get into children."

And California's high anti-flammability standards for products may have inadvertently led to homes in the state having the highest levels of PDBEs in the United States, according to the researchers.

Prior research suggests exposure to high levels of PBDE's may impact fertility and thyroid hormone levels, according to the study.

For this study, researchers compared blood samples from 264 Mexican-American 7-year-olds in California and 283 children in Mexico, aged 5. The samples were analyzed for PBDEs and the pesticide DDT.

Levels of DDT and its breakdown product DDE were lower in the Mexican-American children in California than those in Mexico.

DDT has been banned in the United States since 1972.

More information

The U.S. Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry has more about PBDEs.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: Environmental Health Perspectives, news release, April 15, 2011


'/>"/>
Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Researchers find rising levels of hypertension in older Mexican-Americans
2. Amway One by One Campaign for Children Reaches 7 Million Kids
3. Exposure to secondhand smoke among children in England has declined since 1996
4. One Month after Major Quake, Ongoing Crises for Haitian Children
5. Groundbreaking Principal and Contributor on Dr. Oz Show Releases His Latest Book on How We Can Influence the Lives of Children
6. Children With Cerebral Palsy Benefitting From New Physical Therapy Regimen
7. Als Angels Love and Laughter Event to Support Children and Families in Desperate Need
8. If children wont go to school
9. Parents often wait too long to treat childrens asthma symptoms
10. Hypnosis can relieve symptoms in children with respiratory diseases
11. National Network of Digital Schools, SlateXP and UMPS CARE Raise $75,000 for Children
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:6/25/2016)... CA (PRWEB) , ... June 25, 2016 , ... As ... with Magna Cum Laude and his M.D from the David Geffen School of Medicine ... and returned to Los Angeles to complete his fellowship in hematology/oncology at the UCLA-Olive ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... June 25, 2016 , ... Conventional wisdom preaches the benefits ... terms of the latter, setting the bar too high can result in disappointment, perhaps ... slow progress toward their goal. , Research from PsychTests.com reveals that ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... June 19, 2016 is ... associated with chronic pain and the benefits of holistic treatments, Serenity Recovery Center ... suffering with Sickle Cell Disease. , Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) is a disorder of ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... , ... Global law firm Greenberg Traurig, P.A. announced that 20 Florida attorneys ... peers for this recognition are considered among the top 2 percent of lawyers practicing ... members of this year’s Legal Elite Hall of Fame: Miami Shareholders Mark D. ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... 24, 2016 , ... Topical BioMedics, Inc, makers of Topricin and MyPainAway Pain Relief Products, join ... wage raise to $12 an hour by 2020 and then adjusting it yearly to increase ... of the minimum wage, assure the wage floor does not erode again, and make future ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/23/2016)... and INDIANAPOLIS , June 23, 2016 ... Lilly Diabetes Tomorrow,s Leaders Scholarship is any indication, the ... announced today online at www.diabetesscholars.org by the ... diabetes stand in the way of academic and community ... Foundation,s scholarship program since 2012, and continues to advocate ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... June 23, 2016  Guerbet announced today that it ... Supplier Horizon Award . One of 12 ... recognized for its support of Premier members through exceptional ... excellence, and commitment to lower costs. ... recognition of our outstanding customer service from Premier," says ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... Tenn. , June 23, 2016 /PRNewswire/ ... automating, integrating and transforming the patient payment ... of several innovative new products and services ... of its revenue cycle offerings. These award-winning ... more efficient workflows, remain compliant in an ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: