Lead Levels And Children

A panel of experts has recommended the government lower its threshold for lead levels in children.

Lead is most commonly found in very old homes with chipping paint. It can also be found in dust from industrial work sites. Higher levels in kids can lead to problems with the brain and other organs, and in extreme cases lead to coma and death.

An advisory committee says the Centers for Disease Control should lower the acceptable level for lead in children to 5-micrograms of lead per deciliter of blood, from 10-micrograms.

If the CDC moves forward with such a change, it's predicted that hundreds of thousands of children would meet the criteria for lead poisoning.


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  • by Just Saying on Jan 6, 2012 at 02:19 PM
    Well, not only children are at risk but what about adults??Its sad that we are exposed to this deadly chemical so easily.
  • by WOW Location: Beaufort on Jan 6, 2012 at 10:03 AM
    "If the CDC moves forward with such a change, it's predicted that hundreds of thousands of children would meet the criteria for lead poisoning." And what then? They become wards of the state and become the financial burden to the working public for the rest of their lives??? That sounds about right...
  • by Wharf Rat Location: OIB on Jan 6, 2012 at 05:40 AM
    Lead poisoning around Greenville can happen at any time, anywhere.....
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