Threats Inside Your Home

New research links common chemicals and brain disorders in kids

There's been a lot of concern in recent weeks over the drinking water in Charleston, W.Va., which has faced safety issues ever since a coal-processing plant leaked chemicals into a nearby river last month. But new research shows it doesn't necessarily take an industrial accident to expose us to potentially toxic agents.

According to a report from the Harvard School of Public Health and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, a growing number of everyday products--including some bug sprays, cleaning fluids and flame-retardant furniture--could lead to an increased risk of brain and behavioral disorders in children. The developing brain,...