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Childhood blood lead levels rise and fall with exposure to airborne dust in urban areas
Date:2/25/2013

ut to test a hypothesis implicating contact with lead-contaminated dust while children are outdoors and engaged in warm-weather activities at a time when wind, humidity and other meteorological factors increase the amounts of dust in the air. Their ES&T report describes research that strongly implicates airborne dust as the reason for the seasonal trends in blood lead levels. It shows a correlation between atmospheric soil levels in Detroit and blood lead levels in children.

"Our findings suggest that the federal government's continued emphasis on lead-based paint may be out-of-step (logically) with the evidence presented and an improvement in child health is likely achievable by focusing on the resuspension of soil lead as a source of exposure," the report states. "Given that current education has been found to be ineffective in reducing children's exposure to Pb, we recommend that attention be focused on primary prevention of lead-contaminated soils."


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Contact: Michael Bernstein
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American Chemical Society
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