New research links common chemicals and brain disorders in kids
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There’s been a lot of concern in recent weeks over the drinking water in Charleston, W.Va., which has faced safety issues ever since a coal-processing plant leaked chemicals into a nearby river last month. But new research shows it doesn’t necessarily take an industrial accident to expose us to potentially toxic agents.
According to a report from the Harvard School of Public Health and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, a growing number of everyday products–including some bug sprays, cleaning fluids and flame-retardant furniture–could lead to an increased risk of brain and behavioral disorders in children. The developing brain, the report says, is particularly vulnerable to the toxic effects of certain chemicals these products may contain (see above), and the damage they cause can be permanent.