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Stanford Binet Test Results Lower in Children Exposed to Lead
August 5, 2011, 12:11 pm
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The affects of lead exposure on children has long been a health concern among parents. For a long time, certain levels of lead exposure were considered acceptable, with scientists believing that these low levels posed no serious threat; however, in 2001, a study of children who scored low on the Stanford Binet IQ test showed a correlation between intelligence and lead exposure.

Thanks in part to this study, we now know that children who are exposed to lead, even in very small quantities can have detrimental side effects arise for the rest of their lives. The study showed that even small amounts of lead in the blood stream of a child could potentially impact their intelligence level and ability to learn, as a result.

Unfortunately, this has implications for children in low income areas where lead based house paints may still be present on interior walls of homes and apartments.

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