Elevated PBDE levels in pet cats: sentinels for humans?

  title={Elevated PBDE levels in pet cats: sentinels for humans?},
  author={Janice A Dye and Marta Venier and Lingyan Zhu and Cynthia R. Ward and Ronald A. Hites and Linda S. Birnbaum},
  journal={Environmental science \& technology},
  volume={41 18},
Co-incident with the introduction of polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) into household materials nearly 30 years ago, feline hyperthyroidism (FH) has increased dramatically. Risk of developing FH is associated with indoor living and consumption of canned catfood. We hypothesized that increases in FH were, in part, related to increased PBDE exposure, with key routes of exposure being diet and ingestion of house dust. This study was designed to determine whether body burdens of PBDEs in… 

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