about this participant:

Nicolas, from Portland, OR, participated in the 2008 biomonitoring investigation entitled "EWG Study #9, flame retardants in mothers and children." He gave blood for the study on October 18, 2007 at age 3.

Related links:

Portland, OR

Participant's groups:

Toddler, PBDE Family 14, Male, Child


EWG Study #9, flame retardants in mothers and children

Sample Date:

October 18, 2007

health & safety concerns:
chemicals found in this person
Reproduction and fertility7
Brain and nervous system7

picture of Nicolas

Participant: Nicolas
Found 7 of 20 tested chemicals

Nicolas's blood contained 7 of 20 industrial compounds, pollutants and other chemicals tested, including chemicals linked to reproductive toxicity and fertility problems, brain and nervous system toxicity,

Summary of chemicals found in Nicolas

chemical family level found health effects exposure routes
Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs)moderateReproduction and fertility, Brain and nervous system Foam furniture, carpet padding, computers, televisions, contaminated house dust, food

Test results by chemical family (see each chemical)

polybrominated diphenyl ethers (pbdes)

7 of 20 found — see each chemical

Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs)

Fire retardants in furniture foam, computers, and televisions. Accumulate in human tissues. May harm brain development.

  • cumulative level found: 26.3 ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum
      [excludes PBDE-154/PBB-153]
  • Moderate vs 116 tested in EWG/Commonweal studies (59th %ile)
  • Moderate vs 2,337 tested in CDC biomonitoring [1] (41st %ile) (comparison based on congeners tested by CDC)
1.11ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum314

Total Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs)

Chemicals not found in Nicolas

13 chemicals

PBDE-85, PBDE-138, PBDE-183, PBDE-209, PBDE-17, PBDE-66, PBDE-71, PBDE-206, PBDE-207, PBDE-208, PBDE-196, PBDE-201, PBDE-203


[1] CDC (2005). National Report on Human Exposure to Environmental Chemicals, Centers for Disease Control. http://www.cdc.gov/exposurereport/. (Methylmercury results have been compared to total mercury in CDC biomonitoring.)

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