By Adam Pecoraro, Summer Intern in Dr. Seth Kullman’s lab   Flame retardants (FRs) are unique chemical compounds that are added to many products including piping infrastructure, electrical circuit boards, clothing, and furniture in order to decrease the likelihood of fire. FRs use has increased worldwide in recent years, along […]

Protecting Your Couch for a Price: Flame Retardants and Their ...

By Margaret Morales & Gretchen Kroeger In my last post I wrote about the Stockholm Convention Treaty for the international regulation of persistent organic pollutants (POPs). The United States remains one of a handful of countries that has not ratified the Treaty. One key reason for this is that several […]

Safety Standards and Weighing Risks

By Eileen Thorsos In my hotel room in Atlanta, the tag under the desk chair told me that my chair met California’s old TB 117. In order to meet that flammability standard, the foam inside the chair I sat on as I drafted this blog post must have had flame […]

The future of furniture’s secret ingredients

By Dr. Ed Levin   The Neural and Behavioral Toxicity Assessment (NBTA) Core here at Duke is headquartered in my lab in an old garage in downtown Durham that has been renovated inside to be a state of the art animal neurobehavioral test facility. As the name implies, the NBTA […]

Mechanism meets behavior – NBTA style