For the past five-or-so years, lead contamination has been a huge public health topic in the United States, due in large part to the Flint, Michigan water crisis. Testing vulnerable populations, such as children and pregnant women, has always been a priority in the prevention or management of lead poisoning. In 2006, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force determined there was "insufficient evidence" for screening asymptomatic children at increased risk for elevated blood lead levels and recommended against routine screening for asymptomatic pregnant women and children aged 1 to 5 years at average risk. In an updated review, published Tuesday in the journal JAMA, the task force sought to "synthesize evidence" on the health effects of screening, testing and treating elevated blood levels in pregnant women and children five and younger. But it didn't turn out as conclusively as they hoped. RELATED READ: Pa. exposing children to lead-contaminated drinking water in … [Read more...] about Experts find insufficient evidence to screen young children, pregnant women for lead without symptoms
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Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Subscribe Log In Log In Today’s Paper The Army Thought He Was Faking His Health Issues. Turns Out He Had Chronic Lead Poisoning. Advertisement Supported by At War ByPatricia Kime April 3, 2019 At age 30, Stephen Hopkins was back in the Army for a second time. After serving as an enlisted soldier from 1991 to 1995, he returned as an officer in 2000. He was a man who routinely maxed fitness tests and endured physical hardship while deployed to rural locales in Afghanistan. Selected for Special Forces training, Hopkins tackled the demanding courses with gusto, later returning to combat for a total of seven deployments. He had a job he loved and excelled at, and his star was ascending. But in 2005, Hopkins began experiencing wild swings in blood pressure. And he had other symptoms: crippling nausea, constant dizziness, a skyrocketing heart rate. He was given … [Read more...] about The Army Thought He Was Faking His Health Issues. Turns Out He Had Chronic Lead Poisoning.
Sunday, December 02, 2018 by: RJ Jhonson Tags: badhealth, badpollution, environment, Heavy metals, Lead, Lead contamination, lead poisoning, lead poisoning symptoms, lead toxin, Toxic Metals, toxic water, toxins (Natural News) Lead is a serious health risk. It’s a silent killer that gradually seeps into your system and threatens your health, survival, and safety from the inside. Considering how common lead is, one of the most important skills any prepper needs to develop is how to identify lead, its symptoms, and how to avoid getting sick because of it. Lead is a highly toxic metal. Unfortunately, it is also very industry-friendly, which is why it was predominantly used for a wide variety of applications until the 20th century when its hazardous nature came to light. These applications included water pipes, paint, bullets, gasoline, and even cosmetics. It is also used as a shield against radiation. As a toxin, lead slowly and gradually accumulates in the human body. Often, … [Read more...] about Here’s how you can protect yourself against possible lead contamination
By Shirlee Tan, PhD, Toxicologist If you’ve picked up a newspaper or watched television in the last few years, you’ve probably seen stories about lead poisoning locally and nationally. What’s the deal with lead and why is it a public health issue? Let’s start at the beginning. What is lead and where is it found?Lead is a heavy metal that is naturally present in the earth. Throughout history it has been widely used in products, and this led to widespread distribution into the environment. For instance, gasoline in the US was leaded to reduce engine knocking, boost octane ratings, and help with wear and tear on valve seats within the motor until it was banned in the late 1970s and fully phased out by 1995. Lead emissions from our cars and into our air was common, and lead levels in the soil near roadways still remain elevated. Lead was also used in paint until it was banned in 1978, and this is the greatest exposure to the general public … [Read more...] about Why lead is a public health issue and what we’re doing about it
By JIMMY GUIDRY, MD | Louisiana State Health Officer Safe drinking water has been in the public eye since the crisis in Flint, Mich., where insufficient water treatment exposed more than 100,000 residents to lead. The lead had leached from pipes into the water supply after the city changed water sources and did not properly treat the drinking water. Taking note of Flint’s water crisis, as well as a situation in St. Joseph, La., where the aging water system had lead problems, the 2018 Louisiana Legislature passed Act 632. This law requires sampling and testing of drinking water in selected elementary schools on an annual basis. Last month, the Department of Health responded, launching the pilot program for water testing at 12 schools. Far from finding elevated levels of lead in the water, I was encouraged by the results. None of the schools were found to have lead in the drinking water in excess of 15 parts per billion (ppb). (Note: the federal safe drinking water … [Read more...] about Louisiana Department of Health’s School Water Lead Testing Program Has Good News