Ubiquitous chemicals linked to child IQ: study

They tested blood from 279 women while they were pregnant or shortly after giving birth and checked their children at age seven.

Children whose mothers had higher levels of polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) had poorer attention, fine motor skills and IQ.

Old couches with disintegrating foam were common PBDE culprits, the authors noted.
Environ Health Persp 2012;    online 15 Nov