CHE-Alaska Teleconference, Recorded Tuesday, April 25

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Some chemicals added to consumer products to prevent fires may have unintended developmental consequences for young children, according to a pilot study conducted by researchers at Oregon State University. The study recruited 92 Oregon children between ages 3-5 to wear a silicone wristband for seven days to measure exposure to flame retardants. When researchers analyzed teacher-related social behavior assessments and exposure levels, they observed that children who had more exposure to organophosphate classes of flame retardants were more likely to exhibit externalizing behaviors such as aggression, defiance, hyperactivity, inattention, and bullying. Join Dr. Molly Kile, associate professor in the College of Public Health and Human Sciences at OSU and principal investigator of the study for a discussion of the study’s findings and why further research is needed to better understand the links between widely-used flame retardants and children’s social skill development.