Hidden risks of lurking chemicals

Posted by Trish Riley, November 30, 2011

Dr David Carpenter, the director of the Institute of Health and the Environment at the University of Albany in New York, said governments needed to provide more information to people about the risks from common chemicals including lead, mercury and polychlorinated biphenyls PCBs.He said that although some of the chemicals had been banned in Australia, they persisted in the environment, including in people’s homes and in food. ”Most homes built before 1980 still have leaded paint. When young children in these homes put things in their mouths, or people renovate, they can still be exposed.”Advertisement: Story continues belowDr Carpenter said research had found strong links between exposure to lead, PCBs and solvents with developmental problems including attention deficit hyperactivity disorder ADHD. Solvents are found in many common products, including household cleaners, carpets and nail polish remover.

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