Tuesday, December 14, 2004

Lifetime Lead Exposure May Increase the Risk of Developing Cataracts

"Results from a new study show that lifetime lead exposure may increase the risk of developing cataracts. Researchers found that men with high levels oflead in the tibia, the larger of the two leg bones below the knee, had a 2.5-fold increased risk for cataract, the leading cause of blindness andvisual impairment.

"These results suggest that reducing exposure of the public to lead and leadcompounds could lead to a significant decrease in the overall incidence ofcataract," said Kenneth Olden, Ph.D., director of the National Institute ofEnvironmental Health Sciences."

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