LEAD PAINT POISONING
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FDA Expands Test for Lead Poisoning
September 18, 2006 (Associated Press)
Children with lead poisoning will have greater access to a new screening system that measures lead levels in as little as three minutes, the Food and Drug Administration said.
The test, made by ESA Biosciences of Chelmsford, Mass., now will be available at more than 115,000 certified locations nationwide, including healthcare clinics, mobile health units and schools.
Lead poisoning can lead to learning and behavioral problems. Officials say quick diagnosis would let children have access to treatment, including medicine that will bind up the lead and allow the body to expel it.
Water Testing Kit
September 14, 2006 (9wsyr.com)
The Watersafe All-in-One Drinking Water Test kit lets you easily and cheaply test your water for several common contaminants or conditions.
The kits demonstrated an impressive ability to detect very low levels of most contaminants in 10 minutes or less, and all provided correct readings for hardness. Water tested for bacteria is supposed to turn purple (indicating clean water) or yellow (bacteria). Ten kits worked well, but two gave no results for clean water, and two others gave no result for dirty.
Consumer Reports believes the kit can be useful. It won’t check for every contaminant, but few other home kits cover as many. Sending water to a lab for these tests could cost at least $100.
Lifetime Lead Exposure Dulls Thinking in Older Adults
September 14, 2006 (medpagetoday.com)
A lifetime of exposure to lead can weigh down the minds of older adults, researchers here have found, adding two to six years to the normal cognitive effects of aging.
A study of community-dwelling adults ranging in age from 50 to 70 showed that higher lead levels in the tibia, a measure of cumulative lead exposure, were associated with worse performance in seven cognitive domains revealed a study reported in an early online release in Neurology.
They measured lead levels in the tibias of the participants with 109Cd-induced K-shell x-ray fluorescence, and assessed their cognitive function with standards tests for language, processing speed, eye-hand coordination, executive functioning, verbal memory and learning, visual memory, and visuoconstruction.
Sierra Club Asks Court to Help Protect Kids from Toxic Toys
September 14, 2006 (allamericanpatriots.com)
The Sierra Club took action today to protect children from toxic toys when it asked a federal court to force the Environmental Protection Agency to use its authority to address the problem of lead in toy jewelry. Despite the common use of lead in toy and costume jewelry and the serious dangers posed by its exposure to young kids, the EPA has refused responsible measures to solve the problem.
Lead can affect brain development of young children and has been directly linked to a wide range of learning disorders. More than 300,000 American children have blood lead levels high enough to cause irreversible damage according to the Centers for Disease Control.
While lead paint in older homes is the major cause of childhood lead poisoning, many children are also being exposed to toxic lead through the toys they love. The use of lead in both costume and children’s jewelry continues to be common. Toy jewelry poses a particular problem because of the high likelihood that young kids put them in their mouths and may even swallow them.
Lead paint lawsuit revived by appeals court; says cities can sue
August 19th, 2005 (nj.com)
A state appeals court has revived a lawsuit aimed at forcing lead paint manufacturers to bear the enormous costs of removing it from the walls of homes and apartments and treating lead-poisoned residents in four counties and 22 municipalities, including Jersey City, Bayonne, West New York and Union City.
Can tenant's children sue landlords for lead-based paint damages?
July 30th, 2005 (southcoasttoday.com)
It says residential sellers and landlords must provide the purchaser or lessee with a lead hazard information pamphlet, disclose any known lead-based paint hazards in the housing, and allow the purchaser or tenant 10 days to conduct a risk assessment inspection for lead-based paint hazards, he continued.
"This disclosure provision does not require the seller or lessor to abate the lead-paint hazard nor disqualify a purchaser or lessee with young children from occupying a property that possibly contains lead-based paint hazards," the judge explained.
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