Media Headlines Cause Panic on Lead Poisoning: Get the Facts

The water was brown and it smelled and tasted bad but the people in Flint, Michigan were told their drinking water was fine. For months this went on until a pediatrician named Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha did the only thing she could think of: she tested the water for contaminates. What she found was astonishing: the…

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Is There a Cure for Lead Poisoning?

The dangers of lead exposure are well known and copiously documented. Though federal guidelines exist there are a number of overlapping socioeconomic factors that complicate the remediation of lead in our environment. These factors are called social determinants of health (SDOH) and include (but are not limited to) health, housing, and poverty. If you’re not…

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The Impact of Lead Poisoning on Girls vs. Boys

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), at least 450,000 children in the United States are exposed to lead levels requiring immediate intervention. The sad part of this statistic is that most cases of lead poisoning can be prevented.

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How do I find out if my child has been exposed to lead? (Part 2)

Parents have a difficult job protecting their children from harm. With so many hazardous wastes and toxins in our environment that can hurt children, it’s no wonder parents are confused about when to seek medical attention. According to the Kids Health Organization, each year in the U.S., 310,000 1- to 5-year old kids are found…

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What’s the Safest Level of Lead? (Part 1)

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) there exists no safe blood lead level in children. Even at low levels lead affects a child’s IQ ability, ability to pay attention, and academic achievement.

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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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