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Prenatal exposure to fire retardants linked to lower IQs in children, review says

Prenatal exposure to fire retardants linked to lower IQs in children, review says

Health
SATURDAY, Aug. 5, 2017 -- Exposure to certain flame-retardant chemicals in pregnancy may be linked to lower intelligence in children, a new research review suggests.The synthetic chemicals are known as polybrominated diphenyl ethers or PBDEs. Although phased out in manufacturing in the United States, they remain in many products, including old couches and other household items, building materials and electronics, the researchers said.Together, the studies reviewed suggested that IQs dip by 3.7 points for every 10-fold increase in prenatal exposure to these flame retardants."Even the loss of a few IQ points on a population-wide level means more children who need early interventions, and families who may face personal and economic burdens for the rest of their lives," said study co-author Tr...
Energy price review as Govt aims to cut bills

Energy price review as Govt aims to cut bills

Business
An independent review aims to "sort out the facts from the myths about the cost of energy" at a time when there are concerns about rising bills.The Government-backed study will look at how the UK can meet its climate change targets while also keeping costs down for consumers.Ministers want the country to have the lowest energy costs in Europe for households and businesses.But earlier this week there was anger when British Gas said it was putting up electricity prices by 12.5% for 3.1 million customers.The review, headed by Oxford University professor Dieter Helm, will investigate key factors affecting bills, including energy and carbon pricing, efficiency measures and regulation.He said: "My review will be independent and sort out the facts from the myths about the cost of energy, and make...
Transfer rumours and paper review – Sunday, July 23: PSG want player swap with Manchester United, Riyad Mahrez favours Arsenal move

Transfer rumours and paper review – Sunday, July 23: PSG want player swap with Manchester United, Riyad Mahrez favours Arsenal move

Sports
talkSPORT.com bring you all the latest headlines and top transfer-related stories in Sunday's newspapers...Manchester United's hunt for £60million Paris Saint-Germain star Marco Verratti has been stopped in its tracks – with the French side demanding Anthony Martial as the deal breaker. (Mirror)Barcelona will test Liverpool’s resolve to keep hold of Philippe Coutinho with an £80million bid. (Mirror)Ligue 1 side PSG are moving closer to smashing the world transfer record by agreeing to pay Barcelona £196million for Neymar. (Express)But the Catalan club’s board believe signing Neymar’s Brazil team-mate Coutinho could help prevent him from leaving for the French capital. (Daily Mail)Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has denied that Alexis Sanchez is on the verge of a £70m move to PSG. (Evening St
Review: Amazon meal kits offer easy dinners _ for a price

Review: Amazon meal kits offer easy dinners _ for a price

Technology
Amazon's new ready-to-eat meal package is the perfect recipe for someone who doesn't have enough time to shop and cook, yet has a healthy appetite and a need for balanced meals. These meal kits come with just about everything you need to prepare dinner for two. You can choose from a variety of vegetarian and meat options. For now, Amazon's meal kits are available only in limited markets, including Seattle. There's no major commitment, the way rivals require you to order an entire week of meals at a time. But you pay dearly for the convenience and flexibility, and you must plan ahead, at least for now. ——— ORDERING THE MEAL As a competitive athlete who trains a lot, I find generous portions are almost as important as lots of protein. I usually don't eat red meat, and the chicken dish got a
Transfer rumours and paper review – Sunday, 16 July: Sanchez discusses future, plus Chelsea move for Higuain

Transfer rumours and paper review – Sunday, 16 July: Sanchez discusses future, plus Chelsea move for Higuain

Sports
Here's the best of the gossip on Sunday...Chelsea have had an £88m bid for Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain turned down.(Tuttosport) Talks about a new contract for Antonio Conte have reportedly stalled, leading to concerns about the Chelsea manager’s future. (Sun on Sunday)Real Madrid are considering selling 27-year-old forward Gareth Bale in order to raise funds to buy Monaco striker Kylian Mbappe. (Sunday Express)However, Mbappe, who has been linked with Arsenal, will stay at Monaco for one more year, according to Arsene Wenger. (Sun on Sunday)Liverpool are expected to make a new bid for RB Leipzig midfielder Naby Keita next week. The Reds have already had a £57m offer for the Guinea international rejected. (Sunday Mirror)Alexis Sanchez said his dream since childhood is to play in the Ch