Silicone wristbands detect chemical exposure

CORVALLIS, Ore. (KGW) – Whether you live in Oregon or a remote community in Africa, you are being exposed to the same chemicals, according to a new study from Oregon State University.

OSU researchers sent out chemical detecting wristbands to more than 240 volunteers in communities in North America, South America and Africa.

The specially-prepared wristbands absorb chemicals in the same way our bodies do.

The researchers detected the same 14 chemicals in more than half of the wristbands worn.

A lot of the chemicals that were detected are used in personal care products or fragrances. They also include chemicals called phthalates, which are often used to make plastic more flexible.

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