Lifetime exposure to lead linked to greater dementia risk

A study published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease suggests that lead might play a role in the development of dementia. Researchers from the University of Toronto (U of T) reported this after finding a link between lifetime lead exposure and greater dementia risk. In particular, they found that dementia cases decreased as the use of lead declined over the past several … Continue reading Lifetime exposure to lead linked to greater dementia risk

Flame retardants, pesticides now leading risk factors for IQ loss

A study in the journal Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology found that exposure to flame retardants and pesticides is now the leading contributor to IQ loss. The study, which was published in February last year, also showed that exposure to heavy metals decreased over the past 16 years. A team led by New York University (NYU) researchers arrived at these findings after analyzing data from the National … Continue reading Flame retardants, pesticides now leading risk factors for IQ loss

Report: Lead exposure linked to uptick in annual heart disease deaths in the US

Lead exposure may be driving cases of heart disease in the United States, a study published in the Lancet said. The study, which analyzed data on 14,000 adults, noted that the heavy metal contributed to as many as 412,000 premature deaths each year in the United States – a number estimated to be 10 times larger than the figures mentioned in … Continue reading Report: Lead exposure linked to uptick in annual heart disease deaths in the US

Bees live shorter, become sicker because of air pollution, scientists find

Breathing in toxic fumes from polluted air is one of the major contributors to premature death around the globe as it can exacerbate lung and heart conditions. But despite the emerging threat of air pollution to humans, little research has been done on its impact on the health of animals. In one of the first … Continue reading Bees live shorter, become sicker because of air pollution, scientists find

A closer look at the dangers lead poses to the body

The body is equipped to process toxins. After all, it has an entire organ dedicated to the process of filtering out impurities on a daily basis. Unfortunately, the body cannot eliminate certain toxins like lead, a natural element used to create ammunition, car batteries and cable sheathing. Lead is toxic at any dose and serves no purpose inside the … Continue reading A closer look at the dangers lead poses to the body

94% of Americans who grew up during the era of leaded gasoline found to be lead poisoned and brain damaged

A recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that 94 percent of Americans who were exposed to leaded gasoline in childhood may show signs of lower IQ scores and socioeconomic status in adulthood. Health experts pooled data from blood samples of than 500 participants who grew up in the era of leaded gasoline. … Continue reading 94% of Americans who grew up during the era of leaded gasoline found to be lead poisoned and brain damaged

Children with high lead exposure also commit more crimes as adults

High lead exposure during early childhood may increase the risk of a child getting suspended or jailed during their school years, according to a recent study published online on the National Bureau of Economic Research website. However, a significant decrease in lead exposure during childhood may help stem the likelihood of children getting involved in crime as an … Continue reading Children with high lead exposure also commit more crimes as adults