Getting The Lead Out!

I've always thought that worrying about lead poisoning would not be part of my regular practice of gynecology but the CDC has issued new guidelines as to who should be screened for lead and creating a special focus on the 1% of pregnant women who may actually be at risk for problems. Some women may not realize they are at risk. Remodeling an older home for instance is one risk factor women may not have considered. If your child has tested positive for lead, or if you have a food habit of eating non-foods (pica), if you have old lead pots you cook with, or if you are from a country with higher lead blood levels, these may be other reasons to be tested. for those who are unclear, the CDC or your local Public Health Department has information for you.

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