Jump to Main Content. Selections 0 Show Selections Clear Selections. Distribution of polybrominated diphenyl ethers in breast milk, cord blood and placentas: a systematic review Author: Tang, Jing , Zhai, Jin Xia Source: Environmental science and pollution research international v. PBDEs rapidly bioaccumulate in the environment, food, wild animals and humans. In this review, we investigated the harmful effects of PBDEs on humans, especially in early life, and summarised the levels of PBDEs in human biological samples breast milk, cord blood and placentas.
Polybrominated diphenyl ethers in breast milk from Uppsala County, Sweden
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Polybrominated diphenyl ethers
Polybrominated diphenyl ethers or PBDEs , are organobromine compounds that are used as flame retardant. Like other brominated flame retardants , PBDEs have been used in a wide array of products, including building materials, electronics, furnishings, motor vehicles, airplanes, plastics, polyurethane foams,  and textiles. They are structurally akin to the PCBs and other polyhalogenated compounds , consisting of two halogenated aromatic rings. PBDEs are classified according to the average number of bromine atoms in the molecule. The health hazards of these chemicals have attracted increasing scrutiny, and they have been shown to reduce fertility in humans at levels found in households.