A new health department study finds that children in New York City who have recently immigrated to the United States are five times as likely as U.S. native children to suffer from lead poisoning. "This study suggests that immigrant children are being exposed to lead in their home countries before they arrive in New York City," said Jessica Leighton, deputy commissioner of environmental health and co-author of the study. "We encourage all parents, especially parents who are recent immigrants, to be sure their children are tested for lead poisoning at ages one and two, as required by law." The study appears in the online edition of the American Journal of Public Health.
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