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Medical officials react to new lead limit


CDC cuts dose in half, studies show wide-ranging risk



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May 21, 2012
SOUTHBRIDGE — For decades, exposure to lead has been known as a developmental hazard.

Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention did what many doctors and activists have been pushing it to do for years — reduce the level it defines as a threat.

After 20 years at 10 micrograms per deciliter (mcg/dL), CDC is slicing it in half. The change is expected to greatly increase the number of children deemed to have lead poisoning.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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