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Panel calls for lower blood lead levels

from Clinical Laboratory News

A federal advisory panel recently endorsed lowering the threshold for lead poisoning in young children, and eliminating the term "blood lead level of concern." If adopted, the recommendations would classify about 200,000 more children as having elevated lead levels, and could spell changes for lab test result reporting and quality assurance practices. The Advisory Committee on Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention in January issued the recommendations, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is expected to act on them within 90 days. more


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