Presentation Title

Distinguishing between Possible Sources of Lead Poisoning in Children in Omaha, NE

Advisor Information

Dana Richter-Egger

Location

Milo Bail Student Center Council Room

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

Start Date

8-3-2013 11:30 AM

End Date

8-3-2013 11:45 AM

Abstract

Lead poisoning in children of Omaha, NE is an ongoing issue. There are several sources that could potentially contribute to the elevated blood lead levels including; soils contaminated with lead, lead based paint inside and outside the home, dust, toys, candy and water. The goal of this study is to discern the proportion of the contamination for which each source is responsible. Samples from the possible sources as well as a blood sample from the child with an elevated blood lead level were collected to be analyzed through special instrumentation. The method of analysis used in this project uses the distribution of lead and it’s isotopes in each sample to identify the sources. Identifying the primary sources of lead affecting children will provide valuable information in developing methods of preventing lead poisoning in the future.

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Distinguishing between Possible Sources of Lead Poisoning in Children in Omaha, NE

Milo Bail Student Center Council Room

Lead poisoning in children of Omaha, NE is an ongoing issue. There are several sources that could potentially contribute to the elevated blood lead levels including; soils contaminated with lead, lead based paint inside and outside the home, dust, toys, candy and water. The goal of this study is to discern the proportion of the contamination for which each source is responsible. Samples from the possible sources as well as a blood sample from the child with an elevated blood lead level were collected to be analyzed through special instrumentation. The method of analysis used in this project uses the distribution of lead and it’s isotopes in each sample to identify the sources. Identifying the primary sources of lead affecting children will provide valuable information in developing methods of preventing lead poisoning in the future.