These toxic chemicals steal IQ points from American kids

Exposure to toxic chemicals, especially flame retardants and pesticides resulted in more than a million cases of intellectual disability in the US between 2001 and 2016, research finds.

NYU Langone Medical Center | Jan. 14, 2020 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: featured health-and-medicine childrens-health cognition flame-retardants iq lead-exposure methylmercury pesticides pollution

Flame retardant turns social prairie voles into loners

Prairie voles are normally highly social, preferring to spend time with pals, especially their partners. But exposure to flame retardants changes all that.

Tracey Peake-NC State | Nov. 13, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology anxiety flame-retardants prairie-voles social-lives

Can couches and vinyl floors make kids really sick?

Children who live in homes with all vinyl floors or flame-retardant sofas have much higher levels of dangerous chemicals in their blood or urine.

Tim Lucas-Duke | Feb. 18, 2019 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine childrens-health flame-retardants

Nontoxic flame retardant offers better protection

A new nontoxic flame retardant made from natural clay and cellulose offers better fire protection for furniture, textiles, and insulation.

Steve Kuhlmann-Texas AM | Feb. 13, 2019 | futurity
~2 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology coatings fire flame-retardants materials-science nanotechnology

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