Baby teeth from children with autism contain more toxic lead and less of the essential nutrients zinc and manganese, compared to teeth from children without autism, according to an innovative study funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), part of the National Institutes of Health. https://www.nih.gov/news-events/news-releases/baby-teeth-link-autism-heavy-metals-nih-study-suggests
An ongoing Reuters investigation has found another 449 areas around the U.S. with lead exposure rates double those found in Flint. But cities across the country say pending federal budget cuts could imperil efforts to eradicate the toxic metal. http://www.reuters.com/investigates/special-report/usa-lead-states/
On a crisp morning in the struggling Bay Area city of Richmond, Calif., Doria Robinson prepares a community vegetable garden for an onslaught of teenagers who will arrive that afternoon. Beyond the farm, a Chevron refinery pumps plumes of smoke into the atmosphere. The farm won’t remove the pollution, but Robinson believes it can make […]
While the number of Monroe County children under 6 found to have elevated levels of lead in their blood has been on the decline for the past decade, there was an uptick in that number last year. http://www.democratandchronicle.com/story/news/2016/06/28/children-lead-levels-monroe-county/86471002/
Number of children reported lead poisoned grows from previous year; continuation of local prevention effort needed to keep children safe. 2015_Monroe_County_BLL_Data_Press_Release.pdf
Many states and Medicaid rules require blood lead tests for young children, but millions are falling through this safety net, leaving them vulnerable to poisoning – and showing lead worries extend beyond Flint, Michigan. http://www.reuters.com/investigates/special-report/lead-poisoning-testing-gaps/
Fast forward to the 3:12 mark to see mention of the Coalition to Prevent Lead Poisoning. Please note: this video contains adult language and may not be appropriate for children or the workplace.