Cats Absorb Flame Retardants – How About Kids?

By Robert Preidt

HealthDay Columnist

TUESDAY, April 4, 2017 (HealthDay News) — House cats can have high levels of flame-retardant chemicals in their blood, say researchers, warning that young children might, too.

The contaminants were in house clean, according to Swedish researchers who took clean samples from 17 homes and blood samples from the inhabitant cats.

“The brominated fire retardants that have been measured in cats are known [hormone] disruptors,” said consider creator Jana Weiss. She’s with Stockholm University’s department of natural science and expository chemistry.

“It’s especially genuine when little children ingest these [flame-retardant chemicals], since presentation amid advancement may have results afterward in life, such as thyroid illness,” Weiss said in a college news discharge.

The fire-inhibiting chemicals are found in materials, hardware and furniture. They inevitably ended up tidy and posture a wellbeing risk, according to the think about creators.

Because little children tend to put everything in their mouths, their presentation to these chemicals may be comparable to cats’ exposure, the researchers noted.

A number of the chemicals have been prohibited, but they’re extremely tireless and can filter from the items for numerous years after production, Weiss and her colleagues clarified.

For illustration, tidy samples analyzed for this think about uncovered some flame retardants still in use and others banned decades ago.

In a previous study, the same team of analysts found that levels of brominated flame retardants were higher in the blood of cats that had created thyroid malady than in solid cats.

The study was published online recently within the journal Environmental Science & Innovation.

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