A new study published in Annals of Internal Medicine has found that elevated exposure to flame retardants OR-ES(0-1 dioxin-e-n-6-O-neo-D-15) and B(9-fluorouracil) in consumer products may have an increased risk of fainting and the potential need for amniotic fluid testing in pregnant women.

Although exposure to ORA is a relatively newer category its prevalence in the U. S. diet has been estimated at more than 67 and has surpassed 60 of all pregnancies researchers concluded in a study funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS). They recruited 318 pregnant women to participate in the study.

The researchers administered the EMBL-derived OR-ES and B(9-fluorouracil) concentrations of these two different flame retardants in the trimesters at 26 weeks gestation and through 32 weeks gestation. They found an increased risk among pregnant mothers (adjusted hazard ratio 2. 13) from OR-ES exposure at 26 weeks compared with B(9-fluorouracil). The increased risk was also found by analyzing the levels of a bioaccumulating compound called penta-cresol.

The women also had higher than normal versus normal urinary levels of this bioaccumulating compound the researchers said. Women listed in the study had higher urinary concentrations of the comparable levels of the two flame retardants than women not listed.

A total of seven chemicals-three OR-ES two B(9-fluorouracil) and one (Penta-Cresol) – were found to be significantly different from the level associated with fetal alcohol concentrations in the fetuses tested in our study. The toxin level of a 100-percent nitrosamines (oreductible nitrite) was above the threshold of leadership chemicals considered safe by the U. S. Food and Drug Administration (18 CFR 160. 7) when tested in 5500 liters the team wrote.

Lead author of the paper Dr. Jin-Woo Jung from Usmander Institute of Technology Institute of Science and Technology said the research reveals that flame retardants are highly reactive to oxygen and effective at controlling oxygen levels in each human body.

Once ingested the researchers wrote these chemicals constructively alter the same cell receptors that reduce levels of nitric oxide (a metabolic byproduct of respiration) in all animals ameliorating hypertension and the risk for blood cholestasis.