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Childhood lead exposure correlates with adult mental health symptoms

from HealthDay News via Psychiatry Advisor

Higher childhood blood lead levels are associated with more psychopathy during the life course, according to a study published online Jan. 23 in JAMA Psychiatry. Aaron Reuben, from Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, and colleagues conducted a prospective cohort study based on a population-representative birth cohort of individuals born between April 1, 1972, and March 31, 1973. Participants were followed through age 38 years in December 2012. Adult mental health disorder symptoms were examined as the primary outcome as assessed through a clinical interview at 18, 21, 26, 32 and 38 years. more

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