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  •  15 minutes ago, over the Philly News wire: (7+ / 0-)

    Children are still poisoned by lead – thousands of them

    POSTED: Friday, January 4, 2013, 6:30 AM

    Nan Feyler is chief of staff for the Philadelphia Department of Public Health.

    By Nan Feyler

    Lead poisoning of children continues to be a serious health problem – and one that science has linked to lower and lower levels of exposure even as government has opted for greater and greater cuts in prevention programs.

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    Scientists now know there is no safe level of lead exposure for children, with new findings indicating even low blood lead levels causing cognitive harm and affecting the cardiovascular, immunological and endocrine systems. At the newer level recently adopted by the CDC – 5 micrograms per deciliter of blood, down from 10 – roughly 13,000 more Pennsylvania children, an increase of 400 percent, would have been considered lead-poisoned in 2011, according to statistics for counties and selected cities compiled for the state Department of Health’s Childhood Lead Surveillance Program’s annual report. That’s a total of 4,900 children in Philadelphia, 85 in Bucks County, 188 in Chester County, 580 in Delaware County, and 466 in Montgomery County.

    At the same time, Congress has cut more than 90 percent of funding for the CDC’s Healthy Homes and Lead Poisoning Prevention Program,and the state health department has recently moved away from funding lead screening and prevention in high risk areas.

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