Polybrominated diphenyl ethers and age: analysis of pooled human blood serum from birth to over 60 years

Toms, Leisa-Maree L., Harden, Fiona, Paepke, Olaf, Ryan, John Jake, Hobson, Peter, & Mueller, Jochen F. (2007) Polybrominated diphenyl ethers and age: analysis of pooled human blood serum from birth to over 60 years. In Proceedings of the 4th International Workshop on Brominated Flame Retardants, International Workshop on Brominated Flame Retardants, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.


Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) are considered to be a cost effective and efficient way to reduce flammability therefore reducing harm caused by fires. PBDEs are incorporated into a variety of manufactured products and are found worldwide in biological and environmental samples (e.g. Hites et al. 2004). Unlike other persistent organic pollutants there is limited data on PBDE concentrations by age and/or other population specific factors. Some studies have shown no variation in adult serum PBDE concentrations with age (e.g. Mazdai et al., 2003, Meironyte Guvenius et al., 2003) while Petreas et al. (2003) and Schecter et al. (2005) found results to be suggestive of an age trend in adult data but no statistically significant correlation was found. In addition to the data on adult concentrations there is limited data which investigates the levels of PBDEs in infants and young children. Fangström et al. (2005) showed that in seven year olds there was no difference in PBDE concentration when compared to adult concentrations. While Thomsen et al. (2002, 2005) found the concentration of PBDEs in pooled samples of blood serum from a 0-4 years age group to be higher than other age groups (4 to > 60 years). In addition, a family of four was studied in the U.S. and the concentrations were found to be greatest in the 18-month-old infant followed by the 5 year old child, then the mother and father (Fischer et al., 2006). The objectives of this study were to assess age, gender and regional trends of PBDE concentrations in a representative sample of the Australian population.

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ID Code: 82625
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Polybrominated diphenyl ethers, persistent organic pollutants, Infants, Young children, PBDE concentrations
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 [Please consult the author]
Deposited On: 23 Mar 2015 01:11
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2015 05:31

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