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An overview of commercially used brominated flame retardants, their applications, their use patterns in different countries/regions and possible modes of release.
An overview of the production and usage of bromine over the past three decades is covered, and production, application, and environmental occurrence of high production brominated flame retardants including Tetrabromobisphenol A, polybrominated biphenyls, Penta-, Octa-, Deca-brominate diphenyl ether (oxide) formulation and hexabromocyclodododecane are discussed. Expand
Prenatal Exposure to PBDEs and Neurodevelopment
This epidemiologic study demonstrates neurodevelopmental effects in relation to cord blood PBDE concentrations, and indicates that children with higher concentrations of BDEs 47, 99, or 100 scored lower on tests of mental and physical development at 12–48 and 72 months. Expand
Flame retardants in indoor air at an electronics recycling plant and at other work environments.
Air samples from a plant engaged in recycling electronics goods, a factory assembling printed circuit boards, a computer repair facility, offices equipped with computers, and outdoor air have beenExpand
A review on human exposure to brominated flame retardants--particularly polybrominated diphenyl ethers.
The current review addresses human exposure routes and levels of BFRs with a major data set on internal exposures to polybrominated diphenyl ethers. Expand
Flame retardant exposure: polybrominated diphenyl ethers in blood from Swedish workers.
The results show that decabromodiphenyl ether is bioavailable and that occupational exposure to PBDEs occurs at the electronics-dismantling plant. Expand
Retrospective time-trend study of polybrominated diphenyl ether and polybrominated and polychlorinated biphenyl levels in human serum from the United States.
The concentrations of most of the PBDEs had significant positive correlations with time of sample collection, and PCB and PBB levels were negatively correlated with sample collection year, indicating that the levels of these compounds have been decreasing since their phaseout in the 1970s. Expand
Concentration of polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) in household dust from various countries.
It is concluded that further studies are required to investigate human indoor exposure to PBDEs across countries and to determine the risk factors related to indoor design factors. Expand
Serum concentrations of polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) and polybrominated biphenyl (PBB) in the United States population: 2003-2004.
The exposure status of the United States population to PBDEs and BB-153 is assessed and associations with demographic information, including participants' age, sex, and race/ethnicity are explored, to provide needed exposure assessment data for public health decisions. Expand
Partition of Environmental Chemicals between Maternal and Fetal Blood and Tissues
Passage of environmental chemicals across the placenta has important toxicological consequences, as well as for choosing samples for analysis and for interpreting the results, in connection with births in the Faroe Islands. Expand
Low Dose of Some Persistent Organic Pollutants Predicts Type 2 Diabetes: A Nested Case–Control Study
Several POPs at low doses similar to current exposure levels may increase diabetes risk, possibly through endocrine disruption, in the Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults cohort. Expand