The Welch Center's associate professor Ana Navas-Acien, MD, PhD, MPH, was featured in the Baltimore Sun on Sunday, July 15, 2012, in an article on the health effects of lead exposure . The article by Timothy Wheeler reported on mounting research evidence suggesting that even low levels of exposure to lead can affect children's development. This recent research has led the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to drop the level of lead at which they recommend medical intervention from 10 to 5 micrograms per deciliter of blood. Dr. Navas-Acien was quoted on current and future research that may point to effects of lead exposure at even smaller concentrations to both childhood development and adult health, including decreased kidney function and heightened risk of cardiovascular disease.
The article that was printed in Sunday's Baltimore Sun was also posted on the newspaper's website on Friday, July 13th under the title "New health issues tied to low-level lead exposure." Click on the title to access the full article.