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Cancer-causing chemicals found in couches

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Could you be harboring cancer-causing chemicals in your couch?  That's a new theory from Duke University where researchers tested the foam of more than a hundred couches. They found over forty percent contained chlorinated tris.  That's a chemical banned from children's pajamas in the 1970's because of health risks. They also found other globally-banned chemicals in many of the samples. Experts say the flame retardants seep out of the sofa and into household dust, which is then inhaled by homeowners. Studies have shown the chemicals can disrupt hormone production and cause cancer. By the way, we're not talking about old couches. Chemicals were found most often in sofas less than five years old. This could possibly be in line with recent efforts to provide foam that is flame retardant.

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