Clinical Trends for July 2016

Ryan Syrek

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July 29, 2016

Clinical Trend of the Week (July 2-8): Flint Michigan

A new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is responsible for the increase in this week's top search term. The study found that the prevalence of blood lead levels ≥ 5 µg/dL in children younger than 5 years in Flint, Michigan closely tracked with having consumed water from a local source. Children were 46% more likely to have higher levels after city officials switched from the Detroit Water Authority to the Flint Water System, leading the CDC to conclude this was a preventable crisis. Out of nearly 10,000 samples, the study found that 5% of children had levels ≥ 5 µg/dL after the switch, compared with only 3% before the switch. Health professionals around the country continue to monitor this tragic situation, resulting in a higher number of searches for this subject.

For more information on pediatric lead toxicity, read here.

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