protectedChemicals used in the manufacture of furniture, carpets, plastics, electronics and other household items made before 2004 may create health problems for kids, according to researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, Center for Environmental Research and Children’s Health.

These chemicals, known as polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), were first applied in the 1970s to home products to make them flame resistant, including furniture, electronics and carpet. View full article »