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Medical News and Perspectives
March 12, 2003

CDC Report on Environmental Toxins

JAMA. 2003;289(10):1230-1233. doi:10.1001/jama.289.10.1230

The largest study to date on human exposure to environmental chemicals in the United States has found encouraging signs that levels of lead, pesticides, and other chemicals in the body generally have declined over the past decade or so. But the report, by researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), also raised concerns that children have blood or urine levels of metabolites of tobacco smoke and pesticides that are substantially higher than levels found in adults.

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