8/31/2011

Data published in the American Journal of Epidemiology indicated that each tenfold rise in levels of polybrominated diphenyl ethers -- a flame retardant commonly used in consumer products prior to 2004 -- among pregnant women corresponded to a 4.1-ounce decrease in their babies' birth weight. A study author said the chemicals were likely ingested, rather than breathed in or absorbed.

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