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  QUESTION: Health effects of lead, 29 Jul 2005, New South Wales Australia

Is there any data to support health effects of lead in the human bloodstream? If so, what metric is used to determine this (beyond just IQ)?

Please advise...with regards, Brad

ANSWER: 08 Aug 2005

Dear Sir,

There is a plethora of research linking lead with a huge range of health effects. Please see our fact sheet at Health Impacts of Lead Poisoning - the most notable "killer" effect that can be easily assessed in any individual suspected of excess exposure to lead (after you have first measured the blood lead level to confirm lead poisoning if the exposure is current) is raised blood pressure in adults leading to heart attacks and strokes.

For childhood lead poisoning the effect is also estimated in dollars ie for the lost future income and medical and educational expenses.

I hope this answers your question.
Yours Sincerely
Elizabeth O'Brien

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