Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), chemicals commonly used during the 20th century as flame retardants and in industrial products, disrupt the performance of astrocytes, leading to impaired function. Environmental exposure to PCBs could contribute to a range of neurodegenerative diseases.
Researchers report exposure to common pesticides, such as PCBs, can accelerate the progression of ALS.
Despite being banned in the late 1970's, organochlorine chemical exposure during pregnancy increases the risk for autism in offspring, a new study reports.
A new study finds prenatal exposure to PCBs change brain development in areas associated with metabolism. This change can be seen up to two generations later.
Researchers report PCBs can interfere with thyroid hormone action in pregnant women and affect fetal brain development.