Lead poisoning 101

I thought it might be helpful to step back from the Mattel recall crisis for a moment and take a look at the issue from...

I thought it might be helpful to step back from the Mattel recall crisis for a moment and take a look at the issue from a healthcare perspective. Jacob Goldstein, the lead writer for the Wall Street Journal's Health Blog (and who, incidentally, will be featured in our Journalist Q&A section in next week's magazine), recently interviewed a doctor at the Mayo Clinic to determine what, exactly, the health risks are in this situation.

Also, here's a nice column Slate ran a couple years ago explaining the dangers of lead. Of course, anything that might impact a child's health is particularly sensitive territory, hence the debacle Mattel currently finds itself in. But, according to the Slate piece, there's some science behind Mattel's pickle.
To get a sense of the potential risks posed by lead, as well as the debate that informs reactions to even relatively low-level exposures like this one, you first need to know one thing: It is, basically, all about children (and pregnant or breast-feeding women). Experts, it seems, don't worry much about the effect of low-level lead exposure on adults.

Enough said. Recent Mattel coverage.

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