Low blood-lead levels can affect a child's reading ability

05/13/2013 | DailyRx.com

Kindergartners with blood-lead levels between 5 and 9 µg/dL scored an average 4.5 points lower in reading tests and were 21% less likely to meet benchmarks for reading readiness than those with levels below 5 µg/dL, U.S. researchers found. The children with lead levels of 10 µg/dL and higher were 56% more likely to fail to meet reading readiness benchmarks compared with children with less than 5 µg/dL, according to the study published in Pediatrics.

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