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The Menace of Lead Poisoning

The Economist

Half a million American children have “elevated” levels of lead (at least 5µg/dL) in their blood This cut-off is just a reference, a signal that a child is exposed to a source of lead that health authorities must then identify Almost any amount is potentially harmful Children come into contact...

New Jersey Advocates Call for Action to Prevent Lead Poisoning

NJTV News Online

In a new report, advocates are offering an action plan to protect New Jersey’s children, especially those in low-income communities, from the dangerous hazards of lead poisoning and exposure The tough part It’ll take at least a decade, and a whole lot of money “We’re talking about a $11...

Energy Efficiency Can Help Address Childhood Asthma

American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE)

Nikia Pickett, another Baltimore mom whose young son has asthma, tells a similar story She learned from a weatherization program that poor air sealing was allowing allergens and other outdoor air contaminants into her home With proper sealing, she said, “We went from him having an asthma attack...

Hospitals Find Asthma Hot Spots More Profitable To Neglect Than Fix

Washington Post

Summerville and her family live in the worst asthma hot spot in Baltimore: ZIP code 21223, where decrepit houses, rodents and bugs trigger the disease and where few community doctors work to prevent asthma emergencies One mom there wields a BB gun to keep rats from her asthmatic child Residents of...
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