Lead poisoning, especially in children, hasmade headlines in recent years, for good reason. The condition,found in more than 500,000 U.S. children, can lead to lifelongdelays, including damage to the brain and nervous system; slowedgrowth and development; learning and behavior problems; and hearingand speech issues.

The most recent blast of headlines began with the crisis in Flint, Michigan. After the citystarted drawing drinking water from the Flint River in 2014, thenumber of children under six years of age with high levels of leadin their blood almost doubled. Those rates returned to normal levels after Flintwent back to its original drinking water source – Detroit's watersystem. Several officials face charges in the case.

But those headlines have only continued as further research hasuncovered high levels of lead poisoning among children across thecountry. One examination by the news agency, Reuters, discoverednearly 3,000 U.S. communities with high rates of leadpoisoning among their youngest residents.

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