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February , 2019
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Household toxins linked to multiple disorders in children: Study

Source: the hans india, Date: February , 2019

Children living in homes that have toxic chemicals on the floors and furniture are exposed to higher concentrations of harmful semi-volatile organic compounds (SVOCs) in their blood or urine than those without these materials, finds a new study. SVOCs, which are a subgroup within the volatile organic compounds (VOCs), have been associated with various diseases in children. VOCs are a type of indoor air pollutants. The study found that children from homes with vinyl flooring had benzyl butyl phthalate metabolite concentrations in urine that were 15 times higher than those in children living with no vinyl flooring. Further, children living in homes where the sofa contained flame-retardant polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) in its foam had a six-fold higher concentration of PBDEs in their blood serum.

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