Pregnant woman look at her bellyThe Question: What is the effect of prenatal lead exposure on a child’s mental development?

The Study: In this study from Japan, maternal blood levels were measured during the pregnancy of 364 women. The umbilical cord blood was measured for 224 of the women. Mental development was evaluated for the 174 children.

The Results: The statistical analysis found that even relatively low levels of prenatal lead levels were associated with lower developmental scores in early childhood.

Comment: The lead levels of all the women were within the “normal range” but this study demonstrated the importance of pregnant women avoiding any lead exposure.

Read More: Journal of Child Neurology, 10/14

You may also be interested in:

From issue: 30/03-04