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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 Poisoning Dangers Lead (Pb82) Lead poisoning arises when lead increases in the body, often over a month or year time period. Small amounts of lead can still cause major health problems and damage over time. At tremendous levels, Lead at one point was a key ingredient in paints and gasoline, but is still used in batteries, solder, pipes, lead poisoning can lead to death. pottery, roofing materials and cosmetics. Exposure to low levels can even cause damage over time. DANGERS OF LEAD POISONING TO CHILDREN AND PREGNANT WOMAN Although children are chiefly at risk of poisoning, babies that are exposed to lead before birth may also experience side effects. SYMPTOMS IN CHILDREN: -Developmental delay-Learning difficulties-Irritability-Loss of appetite-Weight loss-Sluggishness and fatigue-Abdominal pain-Vomiting-Constipation-Hearing loss EFFECTS BEFORE BIRTH: -Learning difficulties-Slowed growth-Miscarriage or premature birth 500,000 children LEAD IN THE U.S. -Today at least 4 million households are being exposed to high levels of lead. have children living in them that with lead poisoning More than half a million U.S. children are now believed to have lead poisoning. Lead poisoning used to be a much larger concern in the United States, but has declined significantly as lead was removed from paint and gasoline and other sources. LEADS EFFECTS ON NERVES Lead poisoning may cause exterior nerve damage: muscle weakness and problems correlated with sense of touch. Myelin Sheath is absent and axons are destroyed. Preventing nerves from sending messages properly. Lead disrupts the mitochondria in a developing brain, mitochondria are critical for energy production inside a neuron, a shift in that Interferes with neurotransmitter release function may harm the cell. and synapse formation. Lead affects many many different areas of the brain including the cerebral cortex, cerebellum and hippocampus. INTRESTING FACTS! -The structure of blood vessels in the brain may also be altered which can lead to bleeding and brain swelling.
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