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How cleaning product chemicals called ‘quats’ may affect the brain

30 Apr 2024 4:01 PM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

How cleaning product chemicals called ‘quats’ may affect the brain

Scientists at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland have raised a new concern: They’ve found quaternary ammonium compounds to be potentially toxic to a type of brain cell. 


These cells, called oligodendrocytes, provide the fatty insulation (called myelin) around nerves, which allows neural signals to travel through the brain faster. The study also found that organophosphate flame retardants used in some household furniture appear to stunt the growth of oligodendrocytes.

More at source: Washington Post

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