(Reuters) – Since last year, Reuters has obtained neighborhood-level blood lead testing results for 34 states and the District of Columbia. This data allows the public its first hyper-local look at communities where children tested positive for lead exposure in recent years.
While the number of children with high lead levels has plummeted across the U.S. since lead paint and gasoline were phased out in the 1970s and 1980s, many communities remain exposed to the toxic heavy metal, the data show.… Continue Reading . . .Read More
By Marty Johnson and Elyse Pivnick
Not long ago, a Trenton elementary school principal was baffled by a student’s struggles to learn the basics — until she discovered the child had lead poisoning. That was a eureka moment.
As families see their children go off to school to start another academic year, it’s time to remember that the principal and her student are not unique. Lead poisoning is still with us, and so are the dusty, outdated policies that don’t help much.… Continue Reading . . .Read More