Lead "still a threat" for Europe's children

Research for the World health organisation (WHO) released on Thursday shows that up to one-third of children in some European urban areas have "elevated" (more than 10ug/dl) lead levels in their blood. Lead poisoning is linked to neuro-developmental problems. WHO's Roberto Bertollini responded by calling for "a bold new precautionary approach" to protect children's health from exposure to chemicals. The findings were released during the final preparatory meeting before the fourth European ministerial conference on environment and health, to be held in Budapest in June. See press release.

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