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Link Between Lead Exposure and Heart Disease

Since the 1970s, lead has been banned for use in paints, gasoline, and many other products because of its effects on the brain. However, its connection to heart disease has only recently been revealed. A recent observational study from The Lancet Public Health Journal revealed that 256,000 cases of premature death caused by cardiovascular disease in the US may be linked to lead exposure. This new study defies the notion that low levels of lead exposure had little to no effect on premature ... Read more

The Importance of Lead Exposure & Removal

While lead exposure rates in the US have dropped considerably since the mid-1970s, recent events demonstrate that residents are not totally removed from the issue. Since the 2016 lead contamination and water crisis in Flint, Michigan, it has been discovered that thousands of other communities in the US suffer from lead exposure rates even greater than those documented in Flint. This new awareness of the presence of lead has caught some off-guard, considering that the substance was banned from products for decades. However, many ... Read more

Detecting the Presence of Lead in Food

Lead is a toxic element that is naturally present in the water, air, and soil. Even small amounts of lead can be dangerous, especially to children. Lead inhibits the proper development of the brain, which in turn can affect speech, emotion, and cognitive ability. In addition, recent studies have demonstrated a link between lead and premature death due to heart disease. New concerns about lead in food have surfaced in India where instant noodles, a popular food consumed by tens of millions of ... Read more

Lead Poisoning Spreading Among California Workers

Of the many issues facing the residents of California, one of the most insidious is the expansion of lead poisoning throughout various businesses and into the surrounding communities. While lead itself is an important metal used in various fields, the side effects of exposure have proven to be quite harmful to adults and children. The increase in lead poisoning cases results from a combination of poor industrial management and a failure of state agencies to act on the problem, even when informed. Only ... Read more

Lead Exposure and Its Irreversible Damage

  Past issues with the water supply in Flint, Michigan, have once again brought the dangers of lead exposure into the forefront. Lead poisoning has been an issue for thousands of years, but it was only in 1978 that the US ban lead in paint and other consumer goods, as its effects were becoming better understood. Symptoms of Lead Exposure One of the reasons lead is so dangerous is that low-level exposure does not create any obvious symptoms. This usually means that the exposure continues, which ... Read more

What Every Parent Should Know About Lead Poisoning

Thanks to growing news reports, particularly from Flint, Michigan, and the issues they are having with their water system, lead poisoning is a topic that is garnering more attention. Lead used to be a common ingredient in paint and gasoline until it was banned in the early 1970s. The effects of lead poisoning, especially on children, can be devastating. What is Lead Poisoning? Lead is similar to the many minerals that are absorbed and passed through the body, such as zinc, iron, and calcium. However, ... Read more

Elevated Lead Levels in Children

After the banishment of lead from paint and gasoline back in the early 1970s, the effort in the United States to test for lead contamination began to decline. This was because it was believed that paint and other sources of lead were no longer being manufactured and that the number of people and children becoming contaminated with lead would also decline. However, recent studies have steered many of the pediatric health care providers in the US to believe that not enough testing for lead ... Read more

Know the Symptoms of Lead Poisoning

Lead has been an important metal used for thousands of years in many different products. However, it was not until the 20th century that the threat of lead poisoning was fully understood. By the 1970s, lead was banned from most products, especially paints, and many considered the issue to have been successfully addressed. However, recent discoveries in states like California have shown lead remains in the water supply and still poses a threat. Even today, it is still important to be able ... Read more

Potential Lead Poisoning in California Drinking Water

It started in a San Diego grade school when a therapy dog refused to drink the water. The water was tested and found to have polyvinyl chloride, a polymer used in PVC pipes that degrades over time. However, the testing also revealed something the dog did not smell, the presence of lead. The elevated levels of lead in the drinking water were not only present in that school, but in other schools in the Southern California area, including Los Angeles. Lead is ... Read more

Recent Lead Poisoning in California

Despite a nationwide effort to remove lead contamination from buildings and residences, children in the Bay Area and downtown Los Angeles are still being diagnosed with lead poisoning. With the focus of lead removal efforts being in the Rust Belt and along the East Coast, it seems that California was overlooked. Lead used to be commonly found in paints, gasoline, and plumbing. It took several studies to confirm that lead poisoning in children caused a considerable and irreversible impact on their health, ... Read more
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