Pollution isn't good for us, and if you were exposed to organophosphate pesticides while pregnant, your kids may have lower IQs. One of these pesticides is malathion, which is commonly used on houseplants.
And FISH are suffering from pollution too! A new study finds that zebra fish exposed to a commonly-used flame retardant called polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) during early development can cause developmental malformations, changes in behavior and death, and if this happens to zebra fish, it's likely to effect some of those lovely fish we like to eat as well.
PBDEs are found in many common household products from blankets to couches to food wrappers. They have even been found in office dust! Lab tests have shown that PBDEs have been found in human breast milk and cord blood. Previous studies have showed children with high levels of PBDEs in their umbilical cord at birth scored lower on tests between one and 6 years of age. In 2006, the state of California started prohibiting the use of PBDEs.
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