Health Brief: Hey, Kids, Get The Lead Out!

Lead poisoning may not be high on the list of things most Americans are worried about these days, but several articles in last week's New England Journal of Medicine suggest that a little more worrying may be in order--especially for parents of young children. High levels of environmental lead have long been considered dangerous, but researchers now find that even low levels of lead in the blood--levels well below what used to be deemed safe by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)--are associated with dramatic drops in IQ in young children. A study that tested children between the ages...

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