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This everyday chemical was cast aside. Its replacement might be making cats sick

from PBS NewsHour

In 1979, veterinarians started noticing a mysterious, sharp rise in thyroid disease among house cats. The increase, which has jumped from 1 in 200 to 1 in 10 since the 1970s, was recently linked to a class of flame retardants called polybrominated diphenyl ethers. The chemicals featured in many household items — from mattresses and makeup to couches and carpets — were phased out starting in 2004. more


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