Lead - Kidney Study

Efforts to remove lead from our environment have been going on for several decades

We're now starting to identify some possible beneficial results.

The JAMA reports a study from Harvard Medical School which shows that long term low-level exposure to lead can cause impairment of the kidneys.

This was a study of veterans originally chosen in 1961 and followed carefully since that time.

The authors conclude that rigorous environmental control of lead may have led to reductions in kidney damage and death from kidney disease.

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