Lower Pb = Higher IQ

Researchers say cleansing kids of lead makes a difference

SCIENTISTS HAVE KNOWN FOR YEARS THAT EVEN modest amounts of lead in children's blood can result in nasty learning problems. What they didn't know was whether the damage was reversible once the lead was removed. Well, it certainly helps, according to a six-month study reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Researchers studied 154 children with moderate lead poisoning and found that when blood lead levels were reduced, IQ scores rose an average of three points.

That's welcome news to the parents of 3 million American kids with lead poisoning. But getting the lead out is not easy. Some...

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