Latest Lead Stories

2009-03-17 06:00:00

CHELMSFORD, Mass., March 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Magellan Biosciences, an emerging leader in systems for clinical-diagnostics, will receive the Frost & Sullivan 2009 North American Product Innovation Award for LeadCare II, a rapid, point-of-care test that enables children and adults to be screened for lead poisoning faster, easier, and more conveniently. Magellan's President of Clinical Diagnostics, James Whelan, will accept the award tomorrow night at the 2009 Excellence in Medical...

2009-03-06 22:06:22

Earthenware pots containing lead were found in the Iron Age layer of Iran's Kelardasht Mound, researchers said. Mehdi Mousavi, head of the research team, said a metal ring found in the earthenware was nearly 95 percent lead, Iran's Fars news agency reported Thursday. Finding lead in the Iron Age layer is one of those rare discoveries. It is the first time archaeologists have discovered such a thing, he said.

2009-03-02 14:19:28

New government research shows that far fewer kids have high lead levels than 20 years ago, a testament to aggressive efforts to get lead out of paint, water and soil, the Associated Press reported. The latest data from federal researchers found that just 1.4 percent of young children had elevated lead levels in their blood in 2004, compared with almost 9 percent in 1988. The study was based on 5,000 children, ages 1 to 5, who were part of a periodic government health survey. Mary Jean Brown...

2009-02-17 09:19:00

D.C. UTILITY FACES $200 MILLION LEAD CONTAMINATION SUIT Father of Twins Seeks Medical Monitoring and Care, Fund for Medical Expenses And Educational Services for Poisoned Sons & Other Affected District Children WASHINGTON, Feb. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- The father of eight year-old twin boys, who were poisoned as infants when WASA provided their homes with lead-contaminated tap water which their father then used to make their formula, today has filed a class action lawsuit in the Superior...

2009-02-10 18:06:29

Experts say lead shot from firearms and lead sinkers might pose health risks for humans and wildlife alike. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported Tuesday that studies indicate venison often contains lead fragments, and birds have been found with fishing sinkers in their bodies and elevated lead levels in their blood. In Wisconsin, 15 percent of 199 samples of commercially processed venison contained lead bullet fragments, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and Department of...

2009-02-05 21:56:00

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is delaying the requirement that children's toys, books, clothes and jewelry be tested for lead and phthalates. The rule, part of a ban on selling children's items containing the chemicals that goes into effect Tuesday, was delayed until 2010. Under the new law, children's products with more than 600 ppm total lead cannot lawfully be sold in the United States. The total lead limit drops to 300 ppm in August. Once the testing requirement goes into...

2009-01-31 13:29:55

The number of children affected by an increase years ago in the lead levels of water supplies in the District of Columbia is still unknown, U.S. scientists say. A new study of the District of Columbia water crisis that took place between 2001 and 2004 was unable to accurately pinpoint the number of likely victims, with estimations ranging from 700 to tens of thousands, The Washington Post said Saturday. We suspect that there are thousands, and possibly tens of thousands, of children who have...

2009-01-12 22:39:11

A buildup of lead from earlier exposure may be enough to result in greater cognitive problems after age 55, U.S. researchers found. Researchers at the Graduate School of Public Health and the School of Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh followed up on the 1982 Lead Occupational Study, which assessed the cognitive abilities of 288 lead-exposed and 181 non-exposed male workers in eastern Pennsylvania. All the workers were given the Pittsburgh Occupational Exposures Test battery, which...

2009-01-12 11:56:54

Cumulative, not current, lead is linked to subtle deficits in workers tested at age 55 and olderBoth the developing brain and the aging brain can suffer from lead exposure. For older people, a buildup of lead from earlier exposure may be enough to result in greater cognitive problems after age 55, according to a follow-up study of adults exposed to lead at work.A full report appears in the January issue of Neuropsychology, which is published by the American Psychological Association.From the...

2008-12-04 12:04:00

NEWTOWN, Conn., Dec. 4 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) -- the trade association for the firearms, ammunition, hunting and shooting sports industry -- issued the following statement in response to study results from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture claiming 5.3 percent of whole cut venison donations, processed for a Minnesota food donation program, contained "very small amounts" of lead fragments: The question of whether traditional ammunition...

Latest Lead Reference Libraries

2005-05-26 09:40:46

Lead is a chemical element in the periodic table that has the symbol Pb (L. Plumbum) and atomic number 82. A soft, heavy, toxic and malleable poor metal, lead is bluish white when freshly cut but tarnishes to dull gray when exposed to air. Lead is used in building construction, lead-acid batteries, bullets and shot, and is part of solder, pewter, and fusible alloys. Lead has the highest atomic number of all stable elements. (But see the article on Bismuth, which has a half life so long it can...

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