There is no safe level and in some zip codes, 1 in 7 children suffer from dangerously high blood levels.
As reported in the Washington Post on June 15, 2016, tests show that 14 percent of children – and in some cases more – have troubling amounts of toxic mental in the blood, according to recent research. The findings underscore how despite long=running public health efforts to reduce lead exposure, many U>S> children still live in environments where they are likely to encounter a substance that can lead to lasting behavioral, mental and physical problems.
“We’ve been making progress for decades, but we have a ways to go,” said Harvey Kaufman, senior medical director at Quest Diagnostics and co-author of the study, which was published in the Journal of Pediatrics. “With blood (lead) levels in kids, there is no safe level.”
The researchers found that roughly 3 percent of children across the country had levels that exceed the threshold that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention considers cause for concern.
“It’s a tragedy that anywhere we in the United States of America, we have 14 percent of children with lead levels above the CDC threshold,” said Leonardo Trasande, associate professor of pediatrics at New York School of Medicine. “Lead is the most obvious tip of the proverbial iceberg when it comes to environmental health effects.”