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First ever meta-analysis on Indian lead exposure reveals link to devastating intellectual disability in children

New Macquarie University research has revealed the devastating disease burden associated with elevated blood lead levels in India. The results of the first ever meta-analysis of Indian blood lead levels found the burden of disease to be significantly larger than previously calculated, with negative outcomes on intellectual disability measures in children.  The research calculated the pooled mean blood lead level from data published between 2010 to 2018 to estimate the attributable disease burden in IQ decrement and Disability Adjusted Life Years (DALYs). The DALY is a measure of overall disease burden, expressed as the number of years lost due to ill health, disability, and early death.  Read more...



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