October(blog)fest



By Anthony Oliveri   As Laura Macaulay, Ph.D. Candidate, and the Research Translation Core have brought up in the past week, flame retardants are proving to be a cause for concern for a number of health-related reasons. Laura covered the PBDEs, and how they may be toxic because of their […]

OPs! they did it again…


Firemaster 550 is a chemical cocktail of brominated and organo-phosphorus flame retardants produced by Chemtura Corp. On its website, Chemtura’s flame retardant business president, Anne Noonan, talks about Firemaster 550’s use in polyurethane foam cushions in furniture and it’s ability to save lives and enhance public safety. Firemaster 550 came […]

Firemaster 550: the concern, the science, and the media



In case you missed it, it’s October(blog)fest here at the Duke Superfund Research Center. That means we’re going to be writing a LOT of posts all on a related topic – the effects of flame retardant chemicals on learning and behavior. Earlier this week one of our trainees (trainee=code for […]

What do flame retardants have to do with maternal and ...


If you pay attention to news sources like the Chicago Tribune and New York Times, you may know that flame retardants have been receiving some publicity. Flame retardants are applied to consumer products (like electronics & furniture) in order to slow the ignition and growth of fire and are used […]

Early life exposures to flame retardants…exploring the consequences