Navigation Links
Children Living Near Toxic Waste Sites in Developing Countries May Experience Higher Blood Lead Levels Resulting in Lower IQ
Date:5/7/2013

New York, NY (PRWEB) May 07, 2013

Children living near toxic waste sites in lower and middle income countries such as India, Philippines and Indonesia may experience higher blood lead levels, resulting in a loss of IQ points and a higher incidence of mental retardation, according to a study presented today by Kevin Chatham-Stephens, MD, Pediatric Environmental Health Fellow at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, at the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) annual meeting on May 6 in Washington, DC.

The study titled, “The Pediatric Burden of Disease from Lead Exposure at Toxic Waste Sites in Low and Middle Income Countries in 2010,” was a joint research partnership between Mount Sinai and the Blacksmith Institute.

Researchers measured lead levels in soil and drinking water at 200 toxic waste sites in 31 countries then estimated the blood lead levels in 779,989 children who were potentially exposed to lead from these sites in 2010. The blood lead levels ranged from 1.5 to 104 µg/dL, with an average of 21 µg/dL in children ages four years and younger. According to Dr. Chatham-Stephens, first author of the study, these higher blood lead levels could result in an estimated loss of five to eight IQ points per child and an incidence of mild mental retardation in 6 out of every 1,000 children.

“The average blood lead level in an American child is approximately 1.3 µg/dL,” said Dr. Chatham-Stephens. “Our research found an average predicted blood lead level of 21 µg/dL, which is very high. Lead has serious, long-term health consequences such as the potential to impair cognitive development in children and cause mental retardation.” The condition of mental retardation is defined as having an IQ below 70.

“On a global level, this analysis highlights the importance of assigning more public health resources to identify, evaluate and remediate lead-contaminated toxic waste sites in these countries,” said Philip Landrigan, MD, MSc, Dean for Global Health at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, one of the authors of the study. “In order to prevent further detrimental effects on neurodevelopment in children, these countries should create programs to identify toxic wastes and reduce lead exposure.”

“This study is important because, to our knowledge, the burden of disease from these toxic waste sites has never been calculated before,” said Dr. Chatham-Stephens. “We are showing that children who were chronically exposed to toxic waste sites in lower and middle income countries could have had high lead blood levels.”

About the Department of Preventive Medicine

Mount Sinai’s Department of Preventive Medicine is internationally renowned for excellence in preventive medicine, occupational and environmental medicine, community health, and environmental pediatrics. The department is among the largest medical school departments of preventive medicine in the United States. Its mission is to prevent disease, protect the environment, and promote health in all the communities Mount Sinai serves. It consists of 57 full-time faculty, 137 adjunct and voluntary faculty, and 265 staff.

The department’s academic programs train medical students for residency programs in general preventive medicine and in occupational and environmental medicine. It also offers a fellowship program in environmental pediatrics and the medical school's master’s in public health (MPH) program.

For more information, visit http://icahn.mssm.edu/research/programs/mount-sinai-global-health.

About The Mount Sinai Medical Center

The Mount Sinai Medical Center encompasses both The Mount Sinai Hospital and Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Established in 1968, the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai is one of the leading medical schools in the United States. The Icahn School of Medicine is noted for innovation in education, biomedical research, clinical care delivery, and local and global community service. It has more than 3,400 faculty members in 32 departments and 14 research institutes, and ranks among the top 20 medical schools both in National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding and by U.S. News & World Report.

The Mount Sinai Hospital, founded in 1852, is a 1,171-bed tertiary- and quaternary-care teaching facility and one of the nation's oldest, largest and most-respected voluntary hospitals. In 2012, U.S. News & World Report ranked The Mount Sinai Hospital 14th on its elite Honor Roll of the nation's top hospitals based on reputation, safety, and other patient-care factors. Mount Sinai is one of just 12 integrated academic medical centers whose medical school ranks among the top 20 in NIH funding and by U.S. News & World Report and whose hospital is on the U.S. News & World Report Honor Roll. Nearly 60,000 people were treated at Mount Sinai as inpatients last year, and approximately 560,000 outpatient visits took place.

For more information, visit http://www.mountsinai.org.
Find Mount Sinai on:
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/mountsinainyc
Twitter @mountsinainyc
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/mountsinainy

Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2013/5/prweb10706697.htm.


'/>"/>
Source: PRWeb
Copyright©2012 Vocus, Inc.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. LivingWithAsthma.net, an Online Support Community for Families of Children Suffering from Asthma, Launches in Conjunction with World Asthma Day, May 7, 2013
2. Flu vaccine safe for children with IBD: Study
3. Bel Marra Health Reports on a New Study Highlighting the Importance of Fruit Consumption in Children
4. Leonard Lucarelli’s New Children’s Book Urges Good Hygiene
5. Foster care a sound choice for some maltreated children
6. Death Rate Dropping for Children on Dialysis: Study
7. Mother-Daughter Team from RE/MAX Plans 3rd Annual Michelle Radke Benefit on May 19 in Libertyville to Aid Lurie Children’s Hospital
8. Risk of death has decreased for children initially treated with dialysis for ESKD
9. Poverty threatens health of US children
10. ChopChop Children's Food Magazine Wins Coveted Beard Award
11. Philanthropist and Civic Leader Lester Crown to Receive an Award for His Outstanding Contributions to Children's Health
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:1/20/2017)... ... , ... "TransFlare 4K Mystique comes with 44 colorful mysterious transitions that are ... Austin - CEO of Pixel Film Studios. , TransFlare 4K Mystique contains 44 ... flare and light leak transitions have a very high-dynamic range for super smooth falloff. ...
(Date:1/20/2017)... ... 20, 2017 , ... “I Forgive You”: a fine examination of how God handles sin, ... creation of published author, Stephen Miller, who, for over ten long years has been waiting ... Born in Trinidad and Tobago, he has been serving the Lord for over twenty years, ...
(Date:1/20/2017)... ... ... “The Land of More and More”: a brilliant story for children ... the simple and achievable answer. “The Land of More and More” is the creation ... in Angola, Indiana where he works with the children’s ministry department. , Michael ...
(Date:1/19/2017)... ... January 19, 2017 , ... Wells Pharmacy Network announced ... their 503A compounding pharmacy located in Ocala, Florida. , Meeting the Needs ... throughout the United States for high-quality human anti-aging and wellness compounded medications, ...
(Date:1/19/2017)... ... January 19, 2017 , ... Remote ... recently unveiled impressive transportable capabilities with their iMedHD2™ Portable Teleultrasound System. ... to RMT technology that delivers HD, dynamic, streaming ultrasound images and video to ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:1/20/2017)... , Jan. 20, 2017 Wells Specialty Pharmacy announces ... Howell Branch Rd in Winter Park, Florida ... Park . Operations have been consolidated into the 3796 ... also pleased to announce that Chad Tomlinson , former ... the Company effective immediately. Mr. Tomlinson is a Graduate of ...
(Date:1/20/2017)... , January 20, 2017 Avillion LLP, a ... of Mark Weinberg , MD MBA as Chief Medical Officer. ... USA . ... Dr Weinberg has spent more than 17 years as ... pharma companies to micro-cap biotech. Over the course of his career, ...
(Date:1/19/2017)... Jan. 19, 2017 The global immunomodulators ... by 2025, according to a new study by ... to be predominantly driven by high R&D investments ... large-scale production of new and therapeutically advanced drugs. ... drugs at an unprecedented rate into the immunomodulators ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: