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Health Tip: Worried About Lead Exposure?

Health Tip: Worried About Lead Exposure?

09/21/12

(HealthDay News) -- Lead -- a highly toxic metal -- may lurk in your home, your workplace or at your child's school.

A prime source of exposure is lead-based paint, which was banned for use in U.S. housing in 1978. But buildings constructed before that year may still contain lead.

The Environmental Protection Agency says other potential sources of lead include:

  • Coming into contact with dust particles containing lead, often from home/office renovations or repairs in older buildings.
  • Consuming food or water contaminated with lead.
  • Practicing a hobby in which lead is used.
  • Being exposed to older products such as batteries, ammunition, devices to shield against X-ray radiation, some ceramic products, caulking and pipe solder.
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Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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