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Lead Poisoning Remains a Major Concern for America’s Most Vulnerable Inhabitants

Imagine you are sitting in a diner one cold winter morning. There is a hot cup of coffee or tea between your hands. You reach over to grab one of the small packets of sugar. You barely feel it in your hand. The packet weighs just one gram. That single gram is many times more...

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Glyphosate Added to California List of Cancer-Causing Chemicals

According to the Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA), glyphosate, the active ingredient in the popular herbicide Roundup, will be added to a list of known carcinogens in the state of California. Monsanto, the maker of RoundUp, has been in a legal battle with consumers who claim that the company inadequately warned users of the risk...

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Pharmaceutical Company Dramatically Increases Price of Important Drug To Treat Lead Poisoning

Valeant Pharmaceuticals has increased the price of a drug used to treat lead poisoning known as Calcium EDTA by more than 2,700% since 2014. Doctors have depended on Calcium EDTA for decades to treat cases of severe lead poisoning. Doctors, medical professionals and poison control specialists are alarmed about this price increase. The greed of...

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Maryland Elementary School Students Exposed to Lead Due to Contaminated Water Pipes

Lead contamination and lead poisoning continue to be major health and safety issues impacting children and families throughout Baltimore and the state of Maryland. Recently, an elementary school in Landover Hills, Maryland was forced to hand out bottled water to students following the discovery of dangerous levels of lead in many of the water fountains...

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High Lead Concentration in Soil Leaves Thousands of Indiana Children at Risk for Lead Poisoning

Thousands of Indiana residents living near an old lead smelting plant are being forced out of their homes due to widespread environmental contamination. For more than 30 years, emissions from a now defunct lead refinery have seeped into the region’s soil and water, creating a dangerous and potentially hazardous situation for nearby communities. Children in...

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Prince George’s Hospital NICU Shut Down After Infants are Exposed to Dangerous Bacteria

The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Prince George’s Hospital Center in Cheverly, MD has been shut down following the discovery of a dangerous, and potentially deadly, form of bacteria. Infants at the NICU are currently being transferred to other hospitals in an effort to prevent the spread of bacterial infections. At this time, nine...

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The Yost Legal Group Helps Baltimore Family Secure $1,900,000 Settlement in Lead Exposure Case

Exposure to lead paint is a dangerous and widespread health epidemic in the United States. The CDC estimates that 4 million homes in the U.S have children that are being exposed to lead. Many of those homes are located right here in Baltimore. In 1995, two twin girls were born in Baltimore. In 1996, the...

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Millions of Children in the United States are Exposed to Lead

Lead paint poisoning has been an epidemic in Baltimore. According to the CDC, 4 million homes in the U.S. have children who are being exposed to lead. No safe level of lead has been defined. Children are more likely to ingest lead than adults, and are more vulnerable to the effects of lead. Children who...

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Children Exposed To Lead Are More Likely To Commit Violent Crimes

Lead poisoning has been known for decades to cause brain damage and new research shows that lead poisoning is linked to violent crime. Lead is a toxin that damages the parts of the brain that control impulses, emotions, and a person’s ability to pay attention. Studies from the University of Cincinnati and the University of...

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Residents of Flint, MI Claim “Environmental Racism” Factored into Water Contamination Crisis

Many residents of Flint, Michigan believe that state and city officials should have responded faster to address the widespread lead contamination of the city’s water supply. Many residents and advocacy organizations are claiming that the state’s response to this crisis was delayed because of “environmental racism.” The population of Flint, MI is 57% African-American, and...

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