Computers may be one cause of "sick building" syndrome, according to new research.
A flame-retardant chemical in the plastic casing of computers and VDU screens is emitted as a vapour when they heat up. This can cause an allergic reaction in some people, Swedish research has found.
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More than half of 18 computer VDU brands tested produced levels of the chemical triphenyl phosphate which were above normal background levels.
The chemical has been linked to a range of complaints, including itching, blocked noses and headaches.
The highest levels of the chemical were found in new computers on the first few occasions they were used.