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Reduced fertility linked to flame retardant exposure

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Wednesday, February 10, 2010 | 0 comments

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Reduced fertility linked to flame retardant exposureWomen with high levels of flame retardants in their blood took longer to become pregnant compared with those who had lower levels, a study by researchers at the University of California Berkeley has found.

The study in the Jan 26, 2010 in the Journal Environmental Health Perspectives showed each 10-fold increase in four types of polybrominated diphenyl ethers or PBDEs was associated with a 30 percent decrease in the likelihood of becoming pregnant each month.

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