Stung Lung: Volatile Chemical May Cut Respiratory Capacity
Harder, B., Science News
A chemical in some air fresheners and pestcontrol products may slightly impair lung function in millions of people, a nationwide study suggests.
The compound, para-dichlorobenzene, is used to make mothballs, urinal deodorizers, and air-freshening blocks for household use. At room temperature, the strong-smelling chemical gradually changes from a solid to a gas.
Para-dichlorobenzene was previously detected in the blood of more than 95 percent of the participants tested in a U.S. study called NHANES III.
Scientists at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences in Research Triangle Park, N.C., looked for effects of the chemical and 10 other …
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Publication information: Article title: Stung Lung: Volatile Chemical May Cut Respiratory Capacity. Contributors: Harder, B. - Author. Magazine title: Science News. Volume: 170. Issue: 6 Publication date: August 5, 2006. Page number: 85. © 2009 Science Service, Inc. COPYRIGHT 2006 Gale Group.
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