Workers prepare to install new water pipes in Walnut Creek, California, on April 22, 2021.
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It will cost tens of billions of dollars to find and remove all the lead service lines that deliver water to US homes and schools. A public health expert explains why he sees it as money well spent.
For decades, most gas sold in the U.S. contained a lead additive.
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Burning leaded gasoline releases toxic lead into the environment, and for 100 years people around the world have been dealing with the health effects. How did a century of toxic fuel come to be?
Testing kids for lead exposure starts with a fingertip prick.
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The Centers for Disease Control has announced a new, stricter standard for lead poisoning in children, which will more than double the number of kids considered to have high blood lead levels.
A lead pipe (left) seen through a hole in the kitchen ceiling in the home of Desmond Odom, in Newark, New Jersey.
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President Biden has proposed spending $45 billion to replace every lead water pipe and service line in the nation. A public health expert explains why he sees this as a worthwhile investment.
Blood samples from pediatric health screenings can provide valuable data for public health research.
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The EPA has just adopted a rule that limits what kinds of science regulators can use in setting rules. A scholar explains how this shift could impede his work mapping child lead poisoning.
Health Canada has some of the strongest limits on lead in the world, but they can’t be effective without testing and a plan to replace pipes.
An investigation showed that five Canadian cities had lead levels in their water on par with those in Flint, Mich. during its peak period of water contamination.
Warning signs in the Newark Health Department after the city learned that lead service lines to houses still were contaminating water.
Newark is the latest US city to struggle with high lead levels in drinking water. Ending this public health crisis will require more money and enforcement, plus stricter water testing standards.
Two house painters in hazmat suits remove lead paint from an old house.
The Flint water crisis made the country aware of the dangers of lead. But why, exactly, is this element so toxic and what does it do to the body?
Brandon Fant, left, gets his blood tested for lead poison levels by Lashae Campbell at a clinic in Flint, Michigan.
The children who suffered lead poisoning as a result of the Flint water crisis of 2014 are likely to struggle academically and socially as a result, an expert on treating lead-poisoned children argues.
Beauty is still understood as a process of ongoing work and maintenance.
The history of dangerous cosmetics shows us the harms that women have suffered to meet expectations of what is beautiful.
If you have bought an Aldi “The Spiral Spring Mixer Tap” you should not use water from it for drinking or cooking until investigations of reported lead contamination is complete. What we know The media…
A baby plays with blocks spelling out one of the most famous formulas in history.
A new report from the Environmental Defense Fund raises concerns about lead in our food supply. Here are some things you should consider.
Shooters exposed to lead at work over long periods of time, like military personnel in firing ranges, risk a range of medical complaints.
Millions of people who shoot, for work or leisure, risk lead poisoning, according to new research.
HMS Terror. Engraving by George Back.
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168 years on, experts are finally uncovering the secrets of the Royal Navy’s tragic expedition to the Northwest Passage.
Water tower in Flint, Michigan.
High blood lead levels in children in Flint, Michigan were obscured in part because of an outdated method of studying public health – the ZIP code. Here’s why we need to make use of a better way.
A big data analysis indicates the focus on service line replacement may only go so far at fixing Flint’s water issues.
By tapping into diverse data sources in Flint, researchers can predict vulnerable homes and even have found that home water service lines may not be the biggest contributor to lead poisoning.
A troubled town.
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A lead poisoning crisis caused by corroded pipes has made Flint, Michigan a symbol of American inequality.
Michigan National Guard members distribute water to a line of residents in their cars in Flint, Michigan.
The Flint water crisis has left people across the country wondering if lead poisoning is a problem in their community. But it’s very hard to find out how widespread this problem is.
Virginia Tech students process water samples from homes in Flint.
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Virginia Tech University engineering students blew the whistle on Flint, Michigan’s toxic drinking water. Hailed as heroes, they’ve also learned that it isn’t easy to do science for the public good.
Flaking lead paint in a home in Muncie, Indiana.
How did lead poisoning become a persistent threat in U.S. cities? Lead paint and slumlords played key roles, but so did postwar housing policies that trapped minorities in crumbling inner cities.