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April 23, 2018
There is no safe level of lead for any child, and expectant moms are also affected . Children of color, and children from low-income communities, tend to have the highest exposure levels. We know this for many reasons, including required blood-lead level testing of young children. But we also know that exposure to lead is preventable. Here is a radical thought: what if the public health system worked to eliminate all sources of lead before, not after, children were tested and found exposed. Shouldn’t the nation invest in seeking out and eliminating all sources of lead? In early December, a...
November 29, 2012
It is a no-brainer: Healthy children are the key to the future of America. Understanding that children are more vulnerable to environmental hazards than the adults around them, and knowing that children cannot identify hazards or get out of harm’s way, our elected officials should ensure that all children have healthy outdoor and indoor air where they live, learn, and play. Polluted outdoor air can be thick enough to block the sun. But exposures to pollutants indoors can be 100-1,000 more intense than the pollutants outdoors, says the Institute of Medicine. A newer study has found that our...