Lead exposure only part of the story for Port Pirie kids

New research from the University of Adelaide’s Centre for Traumatic Stress Studies shows that while childhood lead exposure in the South Australian city of Port Pirie has been a significant factor in their cognitive and mental health development, the family environment also has played a critical role. This research has reviewed 30 years of work conducted for the Port Pirie Cohort Study, is one of the few of its kind in the world, and one of the longest, that follows the progress of children born in the Port Pirie region into adulthood.

“By looking back over the data from three decades of research, we can see that there are consistent links between lead exposure in childhood and poorer cognitive and mental health development during childhood and adulthood,” says Dr Amelia Searle from the University’s School of Population Health, lead author of the paper.

The results have now been published online ahead of print in the journal NeuroToxicology.

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