Wednesday, October 04, 2006

High lead levels may lead to more accidents

Lead consumption at early age may affect accidental injury rate in the workplace ...

"Teenagers who experienced high blood-lead levels during childhood appear to suffer more accidental injuries than those who had lower lead exposure, environmental health experts at the University of Cincinnati have found.

The team reports the findings in the October 2006 edition of the Journal of Adolescent Health.

The researchers surveyed 212 teens (with a 42 percent response rate) from the Cincinnati Lead Study, a group of children from neighborhoods with high lead concentrations who were exposed to the substance at various levels.

Participants with varying childhood blood-lead levels were surveyed to determine the relationship between lead exposure and injuries during adolescence. These included sprains and cuts, most of which occurred at home and affected the upper extremities.

The researchers found that injuries were more likely to occur in adolescents who had experienced elevated blood-lead levels when they were younger.

... "This study shows a significant correlation between elevated childhood blood lead levels and the risk for multiple, unintentional injuries related to a fall or loss of balance later in life," said Laurel Kincl, lead author of the study and a graduate of UC's occupational ergonomics and safety program."    (Continued via Cincinnati Business Courier)    [Usability Resources]

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