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People Aren't as Safe From Lead as Thought, Study Suggests

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TUESDAY, March 13, 2018 – Long-term, low-level lead exposure may be linked with more than 256,000 premature deaths from heart disease in middle-aged and older Americans each year, according to a new study. The researchers analyzed data from 14,300 people in the United States, covering nearly 20 years. All participants had a medical exam and a blood test for lead at the start of the study. The ...

Health Tip: Prevent Exposure to Lead

Posted 12 Feb 2018 by

-- Lead exposure has been linked to problems including reduced IQ, focus and academic performance. So every effort should be made to prevent lead exposure in the home, particularly among children. Lead-based paint was banned for use in American homes in 1978, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. But older homes may still pose a danger. The CDC suggests how to reduce the risk ...

No Link Between Childhood Lead Levels, Later Criminality

Posted 27 Dec 2017 by

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 27, 2017 – Exposure to higher levels of lead during early childhood can affect neurological development – but does that mean affected kids are doomed to delinquency? No, according to a new study that tracked the lives of hundreds of New Zealand children born in the early 1970s. The researchers noted that New Zealanders are particularly appropriate to study regarding this issue ...

How Safe Are Your Drinking Glasses?

Posted 6 Nov 2017 by

MONDAY, Nov. 6, 2017 – Fun, decorative drinking glasses may contain potentially harmful levels of lead and cadmium, a new British study says. University of Plymouth researchers analyzed 72 new and second-hand decorated drinking glasses, including tumblers, beer and wine glasses, and jars. Around 7 out of 10 tested positive for lead or cadmium, both toxic metals. Lead was found in all colors and ...

Before Volcano Buried Pompeii, Toxic Water May Have Plagued Residents

Posted 29 Aug 2017 by

TUESDAY, Aug. 29, 2017 – Before a nearby volcano blew and buried the ancient Roman town of Pompeii centuries ago, residents were drinking toxic water that probably caused a host of ills, a new study suggests. Based on an analysis of pipes that ran through the city, Danish researchers believe that Pompeiians could have suffered from a variety of digestive problems and organ damage due to high ...

Health Tip: Protect Your Kids From Lead

Posted 3 Aug 2017 by

-- Exposure to lead among children can cause lifelong learning disabilities and behavioral problems. To help protect your family, the American Academy of Pediatrics suggests: If your home was built before 1978, getting it tested for lead. If you're doing repairs, making sure the work is done properly to prevent release of lead dust. Preventing children from playing near old, peeling or chipping ...

FDA Medwatch Alert: LeadCare Testing Systems (with Blood Obtained from a Vein) by Magellan Diagnostics: FDA Safety Communication - Risk of Inaccurate Results

Posted 18 May 2017 by

ISSUE: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are warning Americans that certain lead tests manufactured by Magellan Diagnostics may provide inaccurate results for some children and adults in the United States. Falsely lower test results may lead to improper patient management and treatment for lead exposure or poisoning. The FDA is unable to identify ...

FDA Warns Americans About Risk of Inaccurate Results from Certain Lead Tests

Posted 18 May 2017 by

May 17, 2017 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are warning Americans that certain lead tests manufactured by Magellan Diagnostics may provide inaccurate results for some children and adults in the United States. The CDC recommends that parents of children younger than six years (72 months) of age, and currently pregnant women and nursing ...

Some Lead Poisoning Tests May Be Faulty

Posted 17 May 2017 by

WEDNESDAY, May 17, 2017 – Lead tests made by Magellan Diagnostics may yield inaccurate results for some children and adults, U.S. health officials warned Wednesday. Parents of children younger than 6 years old, pregnant women and nursing mothers who have been tested for lead exposure using these tests should consult a health care provider about whether they should be retested, the officials ...

Shooting Ranges Pose Hidden Risks: Study

Posted 15 Apr 2017 by

FRIDAY, April 14, 2017 – Residue from the firing of lead bullets poses a health risk at shooting ranges, a new study contends. With lead bullets, lead fragments and fumes are discharged at high pressure when a gun is fired. Shooters can breathe in the lead, and particles can stick to their hands and are swallowed when they eat or smoke, the study authors said. Women of childbearing age are at ...

Lead Exposure as Child, Lower IQ as Adult?

Posted 28 Mar 2017 by

TUESDAY, March 28, 2017 – Adults who had high levels of lead exposure during childhood may have lower IQs and poorer-paying jobs as adults, a new study suggests. Researchers followed more than 500 New Zealanders from birth in the 1970s to adulthood. When the study began, New Zealand had some of the highest gasoline lead levels in the world. Breathing in leaded gas fumes, or playing with soil ...

FDA Suggests Limits on Lead in Cosmetics

Posted 23 Dec 2016 by

FRIDAY, Dec. 23, 2016 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has suggested setting a limit on how much lead can be in cosmetics ranging from lipstick and eye shadow to blush and shampoo. Although it does not have the authority to enforce such a limit, the FDA recommended in a draft guidance issued Thursday that cosmetics not contain more than 10 parts per million (ppm) of lead. Lead occurs ...

Some Mexican Ceramics Can Serve Up Lead Poisoning

Posted 20 Oct 2016 by

THURSDAY, Oct. 20, 2016 – A charming ceramic reminder of a Mexican vacation could end up giving you lead poisoning, a new study warns. Exposure to high concentrations of lead – often found in glazes that line traditional Mexican ceramics, cookware and dishware – can be toxic after extended periods of handling, Canadian researchers report. The issue has long been on the radar of public health ...

Flint Water Crisis Taking High Toll on Health, Productivity

Posted 8 Aug 2016 by

MONDAY, Aug. 8, 2016 – The water crisis in Flint, Mich., has cost $395 million in lost productivity, increased welfare use and criminal justice spending, according to a new study. That estimate does not include the $58 million spent on medical care and supplying clean water, wrote Peter Muennig in a letter published in the August issue of the journal Health Affairs. He is a professor of health ...

Much-Maligned Pigeon May Be a Lead Detective

Posted 21 Jul 2016 by

WEDNESDAY, July 20, 2016 – Though pigeons are generally considered a city-dwelling nuisance, researchers have found that these "rats of the sky" can be used to monitor levels of lead and other toxic compounds in cities. Blood samples taken from hundreds of sick or injured pigeons in New York City between 2010 and 2015 showed that their lead levels rose in the summer. Those findings correlated to ...

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