Detecting Lead In Minnesota

From federal investigations to local inquiries, lead poisoning continues to be a major topic of discussion. Since the high lead levels in Flint became public knowledge, cities across the U.S. are investigating their own water systems and the presence of lead in paint in older homes. This is good news.

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Is Flint the Only City with High Levels of Lead?

The lead poisoning crisis occurring in Flint, Michigan is not the only location in the U.S. For decades, all over America, cities are found to have higher levels of lead than Flint — and it’s not just from water, but from the paint that covers homes built before 1978, when lead in paint was allowed.

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10 Places Lead Can Be Found in Your Home

If your home was built before 1978, there’s a high risk it has lead-based paint. In 1978, the federal government banned consumer uses of lead-containing paint. Here are 10 places where you can find lead in your home: Paint: Lead paint is still present in millions of homes, sometimes under layers of newer paint. Deteriorating…

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Other Places Kids Can Get Lead Poisoned

Children under the age of six are in the most “at-risk” category for lead poisoning — even at lower levels. All children, however, should be careful about lead found in other areas. Lead can be found in paint and plastic but there are places where you may not suspect it: Consumer candies imported from Mexico….

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You’ve Been Warned

You’ve been warned — over and over again — in fact, you’ve probably been warned a million times not to eat bacon or have mammograms or x-rays due to their dangerous effects on your body. It’s easy for newspaper articles to frighten us with facts found in research studies. Before you try unproven treatments to…

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Collaboration Needed to Improve Our Children’s Futures

Mateo is 10-years old and lives with his extended family in a two bedroom, run-down house on the lower east side. Many of the windows are cracked and their frames have peeled paint and exposed mold. The rooms inside are dark with little ventilation. Heat and water are sparse and the overall living conditions are…

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