Lead poisoning and your health in the least expected places

On today’s show: Our programmer, Richard Mabion, will host a discussion with Althea Moses from EPA, Amy Roberts from KCMO Heath Dept and Christina VanCleave from Wyandotte County Health Dept. They will be discussing lead poisoning, children’s health and funding available for lead remediation.

Lead poisoning occurs when lead builds up in the body, often over months or years. Even small amounts of lead can cause serious health problems. Children younger than 6 years are especially vulnerable to lead poisoning, which can severely affect mental and physical development. At very high levels, lead poisoning can be fatal.

Lead-based paint and lead-contaminated dust in older buildings are the most common sources of lead poisoning in children. Other sources include contaminated air, water and soil. Adults who work with batteries, do home renovations or work in auto repair shops also might be exposed to lead.

There is treatment for lead poisoning, but taking some simple precautions can help protect you and your family from lead exposure before harm is done.

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