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2010-04-20 07:30:00

NEW YORK, April 20 /PRNewswire/ -- According to a national online survey released today by the Ad Council, only a third of parents in the United States are very concerned that lead poses a health risk to their children. However, lead poisoning affects more than one million children in the United States. If not detected early, children with high levels of lead in their bodies can suffer from damage to the brain and nervous system, behavior and learning problems (such as hyperactivity),...

2010-03-08 19:02:00

Lead may originate from a St. Petersburg gun club, the site of a $23 million lead cleanup ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., March 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Tests have revealed elevated lead levels at five locations on Weedon Island, a nature preserve located on Tampa Bay near St. Petersburg, said the Environmental Protection Commission of Hillsborough County. How did a nature preserve on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places become polluted with lead? It all starts with a gun club....

2010-03-02 10:00:00

As health departments across the United States seek a better way to determine which children should be tested for lead poisoning, a method created by Michigan State University scientists has proven to be more accurate and cost-effective than current strategies. In 2009, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended an end to universal testing for children on Medicaid as long as state and local health departments are pursuing other methods of assessing the risk of elevated blood...

2009-11-30 21:49:23

New discoveries have been made about how an elevated level of lead, which is a neurotoxic heavy metal, can slow the progression of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig's disease "“ findings that could point the way to a new type of therapy. The results surprised researchers, since lead is also a known risk factor for ALS. This paradox is still not fully understood, and at this point would not form the basis for a therapy, as lead is toxic for the nervous system. But scientists...

2009-10-21 16:02:00

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Recent toy recalls have brought attention to the issue of lead in toys. Unfortunately, significant quantities of lead can still be found in many ordinary products that parents buy for their children. Lead is very harmful to children. October 18-24, 2009 is National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week and a great time to remind parents and caregivers to make sure that any products children use or play with including toys, children's jewelry,...

2009-10-20 14:23:28

Exposure to lead in early childhood significantly contributes to lower performances on end-of-grade (EOG) reading tests among minority and low-income children, according to researchers at Duke University and North Carolina Central University. "We found a clear dose-response pattern between lead exposure and test performance, with the effects becoming more pronounced as you move from children at the high end to the low end of the test-score curve," said lead investigator Marie Lynn Miranda,...

2009-10-16 10:29:00

Department of Health Provides Free Blood-lead Tests to Pregnant Women and Young Children HARRISBURG, Pa., Oct. 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Department of Health today reminded Pennsylvania parents to test young children for lead exposure as part of National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week, Oct. 18-24. "Parents and caregivers need to ensure their children's continued health by getting them tested for lead poisoning," said Secretary of Health Everette James. "All ages can be...

2009-10-05 12:35:39

Rare California condors living in Arizona and Utah are at risk due to lead bullets found inside the carrion the birds feed upon, wildlife officials say. Kathy Sullivan of the Arizona Game and Fish Department said the 75 condors living in northern Arizona and southern Utah have begun feeding on the remains of deer and elk killed during hunting season, The Salt Lake Tribune said Sunday. The lead bullets used to kill the animals have resulted in the deaths of at least 12 of the birds due to lead...

2009-09-01 09:58:00

FDA won't disclose brands; still has no standard for lead in lipstick SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A study by the Food and Drug Administration found lead in lipstick at levels much higher than those detected by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics (CSC) in a 2007 study that received international attention. FDA found lead in all 20 lipsticks tested, at 0.09 to 3.06 parts per million - four times higher than the highest level reported in by CSC. FDA used a new method to...

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2009-08-26 12:25:00

A new study shows that paint with dangerously high lead levels is still being sold for household use all over the world, putting hundreds of millions of young children at risk of permanent brain damage, Reuters reported. Throughout the years, paint manufacturers have dramatically lowered the lead levels allowed in paint, according to research published in the journal Environmental Research. The U.S. has banned the sale of new paint containing more than 600 parts per million (ppm) of lead...


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