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"There's real danger that the injury is going to be permanent and lifelong in them," Dr. Philip Landrigan, Dean of Global Health at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, tells CBS News.
"The problem here is, no level of lead is safe," Landrigan says. "Even low levels of lead -- especially if exposure to low levels continues over many months -- is going to cause some degree of brain damage to at least some of the children who have been exposed -- that's a big deal.
Exposed children are at risk for a number of problems, including lower IQ scores, developmental delays, and behavioral issues such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Even after lead exposure stops, the effects can last for years or even be permanent.
In Flint, a major challenge will be identifying which children are at risk, then tracking them for many years for evidence of injury.
"These children are going to be injured for life. They're going to need remedial education, they're going to need educational enrichment programs," Landrigan says. "They're kids who are going to be prevented from functioning at their full level."
There are no known drugs to effectively reverse the developmental damage caused by lead. (more at link)
January 14, 2016 - Governor Snyder writes President Barack Obama to request the declaration of an expedited major disaster in Flint, estimating it will cost $55 million to install lead-free pipes throughout the city.
January 16, 2016 - The president declines to declare a disaster in Flint. Instead, he authorizes $5 million in aid, declaring a state of emergency in the city. The state of emergency allows the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to step in.
“When I see the crumbling roads and bridges, or the dilapidated airports or the factories moving overseas to Mexico, or to other countries for that matter, I know these problems can all be fixed, but not by Hillary Clinton,” Trump said. “Only by me.”
The billionaire drew on his experience in the real estate world to argue he is more capable of advancing infrastructure projects than his likely general election opponent.
“Construction is what I know,” Trump said. “Nobody knows it better.”
If Trump really wants to MAGA and reach out to the Left - he should fix the the Flint water crisis
Community-wide preventive actions are recommended when children are found to have BLLs of 10 µg/dL or higher. With BLLs of 15-19 µg/dL, nutritional and educational interventions are recommended. With BLLs of 20 µg/dL or higher, medical evaluations and environmental interventions are recommended. Medical treatment (ie, chelation therapy) is but one element of a comprehensive treatment plan for exposure to lead; removal of the source of lead exposure is more important. The interventions described below relate to chelation therapy for the most severe cases of lead poisoning. Chelation is of only transient benefit in the patient whose source of lead exposure has not been identified and removed.
originally posted by: BlubberyConspiracy
Trump plan includes infrastructure there is no reason inner cities and minority communities should be excluded.
Republicans might block him though.
Before using the Flint River, 3.1% of Flint children tested were found to have elevated blood-lead levels, defined as 5 micrograms of lead per deciliter of blood, or higher. The figure rose to as high as 5% in the first eight months after the Flint River was first used, and dropped to 1.4% in the five months after the city reverted to Detroit’s water.
originally posted by: JetBlackStare
a reply to: Boadicea
Totally agree. Flint is just the most notorious,
It would go a long way to quelling some of these protests or, at the least, making them look ridiculous and hypocritical. After all, Obama did nothing but drink a glass of contaminated water and toss out some funding for bottled water.
originally posted by: Throes
I think I read somewhere that in the Scranton, PA area. Alot of the water tested was worse than Flint, MI. I'll try and dig it up.