New York, N.Y (PRWEB) July 23, 2014
A study funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and the National Institutes of Health shows that children can have serious psychological problems such as anxiety and depression even when they are exposed to lower levels of lead. According to the study, published in the June 30 issue of the journal JAMA Pediatrics, blood lead concentrations measured in more than 1,300 preschool children in Jintan, China, were associated with increased risk of behavioral and emotional problems such as being anxious, depressed or aggressive. The average blood lead level in the children who were used as part of the test group was 6.4 micrograms per deciliter.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website, in 2012, the government started using a reference level of 5 micrograms per deciliter instead of 10 micrograms, in order to identify children with elevated blood lead levels. CDC reports that at least 4 million households in the United States have children living in them that are being exposed to high levels of lead. There are about half a million American children between ages 1 and 5 with blood levels above 5 micrograms per deciliter, the level at which CDC recommends public health actions be initiated.
This recent study builds on other studies in the past, which have shown that there is simply no safe blood lead level for children, said New York personal injury lawyer Kenneth A. Wilhelm. "We in the United States can learn a lot from studies that are done at home as well as internationally, especially when it comes to better understanding the short-term and long-term developmental and behavioral issues caused by lead poisoning or lead exposure."
It is sad that so many children in the United States are still being exposed to the effects of this harmful substance, Wilhelm said. "We know that young children are particularly vulnerable to the toxic effects of lead and they can be adversely affected in the way their brain and nerves develop. It is important that parents, caregivers and governments do everything possible to protect children from lead exposure."
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