Some Lead Tests Produce Too-Low Results

Former Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman gives a'thumbs-up

The CDC recommends that parents of children younger than six years (72 months) of age, and now pregnant women and nursing mothers who have been tested for lead exposure consult a health care professional about whether they should be retested.

Healthcare professionals and public health laboratories should discontinue using Magellan's LeadCare System Testing System with venous blood samples, due to concerns about inaccurately low results, said the FDA in a safety communication. The FDA believes the testing issue may date to 2014 but said the scope of the problem wasn't clear until March when Magellan provided new information as part of the FDA's review of its newest lead test.

MDHHS said in a news release Wednesday that less than 2 percent of lead tests performed in MI since 2014 - including 128 in Flint - were done using Magellan equipment that processed blood drawn from veins. The lead poisoning tests are made by Magellan Diagnostics. The most common method of testing lead levels in the blood is done by pricking heels and fingers instead of veins. There are also other blood tests doctors and labs may use that are not Magellan, and those are not affected. He added that "less than 1 percent" of children in places like Flint, Michigan, might be at risk due to the inaccurate lead blood test reporting. They added that now pregnant women and nursing mothers who had a venous blood draw with this system should also be re-tested.

Shuren said that since the beginning of 2014, they estimate that 8 million tests were used with the Magellan system, but "the majority were for capillary blood". The tests should no longer be used for blood samples drawn from a vein, the agencies said.

The Centers for Disease Control is recommending that parents of children younger than six years old talk to their doctors about the possibility of re-testing.

But he said while the FDA and CDC are in the "early stages" of their investigation, they did not want to delay issuing this warning to the public.

The CDC warns that "no safe blood lead level in children has been identified".

"We take this issue very seriously and will be working closely with our local health departments and health care providers to ensure they are aware of the recommendations and offering retesting as appropriate", said Dr. Eden Wells, chief medical executive of MDHHS.

Lead exposure is unsafe: It can affect nearly every system in the body while producing no obvious symptoms, and as such, often goes unrecognized. "It produces no a symptoms and can go undetected for years", Patrick Breysee, director of the CDC's National Center for Environmental Health, said during a conference call with reporters. Whether diseases start at home or overseas, are curable or preventable, chronic or acute, stem from human error or deliberate attack, CDC is committed to respond to America's most pressing health challenges.

Related News:

  • Homebuilder confidence soars in May

    Homebuilder confidence soars in May

    The prospective buyer traffic component indicated rising interest in new home sales, as it scored above the breakeven level of 50. In March, the index reached 71 which was the highest since June 2005 during the height of the prior housing boom.

    Coast Guard searching for missing plane with four people on board

    A Coast Guard cutter was dispatched to the area and was expected to arrive later Tuesday to assist with the search. On the plane were New Yorkers Jennifer Blumin and Nathan Ulrich, along with Blumin's sons, age 4 and 10.

    Former French PM Manuel Valls pledges allegiance to Emmanuel Macron's movement

    The right-wing Republicans party is seeking to win enough seats in parliament to force Macron into a power-sharing deal. The rest will be from the centrist Modem party or rebels from the Socialists and right-wing Republicans.
  • JPMorgan buying $137M Dublin office for 1000 staff

    JPMorgan buying $137M Dublin office for 1000 staff

    These are commonly referred to as back-office functions and are not as well paid as front-office jobs in areas such trading. The bank is understood to have paid $137m (£106m) for the prestigious block.
    Overwatch gets art book and comics anthology, due in October

    Overwatch gets art book and comics anthology, due in October

    There's also an Overwatch: Anthology Volume 1 hardcover book coming on October 10 that will retail at $19.99. That anthology now has an October 10 release date and a price of $19.99.

    New Miss USA to be crowned in Las Vegas

    However, at the 2017 pageant, Miss District of Columbia made a decision to rock her natural curls, and it landed her the crown. Five of the contestants vying for the Miss USA title this year were born in other countries and now US citizens.
  • Rex's bone-shattering bite was much worse than its bark

    Rex's bone-shattering bite was much worse than its bark

    They based the T. rex model on a computed tomography (CT) scan from a scaled replica of one of the best-preserved skulls. They can swallow bones if they are not too large, but are unable to crush them with their teeth.
    Browns To Sign Veteran CB Jason McCourty

    Browns To Sign Veteran CB Jason McCourty

    Cornerback Jason McCourty signed with the Cleveland Browns, his agent Andy Simms tweeted Tuesday. He had played in all but one game the previous four seasons.
    China's Xi says Belt and Road needs to reject protectionism

    China's Xi says Belt and Road needs to reject protectionism

    In the second session of round table conference the leaders will discuss "Connectivity cooperation for inter connected development".
  • Father of singers Nick and Aaron Carter dead

    Father of singers Nick and Aaron Carter dead

    Son Aaron, 29, tweeted on Tuesday night that Bob had been found unconscious, but deleted the tweet not long after. Aaron Carter shared a photo of himself with his father shortly after the news of his death broke.

    Trump to deliver commencement address at Liberty University

    President Trump also imparted some conventional commencement speech rhetoric, such as embarking on an adventure and the like. Rogers was endorsed by the FBI Agents Association, which said his diverse background makes him the best choice for the job.
    J&K: Pakistan violates ceasefire in Rajouri district; heavy retaliation by Indian forces

    J&K: Pakistan violates ceasefire in Rajouri district; heavy retaliation by Indian forces

    Pakistani troops have also started indulging in unprovoked firing along the worldwide border of the Jammu and Samba districts. He added that since three years Pakistan had violated number ceasefire along the LoC.


Most liked

Pain Teases Long-Awaited 'T-Wayne' Project With Lil Wayne
This project is a time capsule of a bygone era but doesn't hint at any new solo projects from the respective artists. Check out T-Pain's tease of the (hopefully) upcoming T-Wayne project and its cover art below.

Sheffield Wednesday and Huddersfield Town clash for place at Wembley
We've done it before and that should help us. "If we get to the final, he will be OK, absolutely sure". When the work of a season comes down to two matches, there will always be huge pressure.

This Avril Lavigne conspiracy theory just won't die down
Vandella was reportedly recruited prior to pose as the Canadian singer for paparazzi, the theory continues. One user pointed out: " Avril Lavigne would never promote a Slim Secret bar".

Ransomware attack should be wake-up call for govts
The White House held emergency meetings Friday and Saturday to assess the global cyber threat, a White House official said Sunday. As for anonymous bitcoin transactions, he said, it is sometimes possible to follow them until an identifiable person is found.

Ankle sprain will keep Leonard out of Game 2
Warriors Game 2 live steam as well as all other games in the 2017 NBA Playoffs by signing up with a one-time payment of $9.99. Brown escaped the long arm of the law this time and was free to coach the Warriors in Game 2 in Steve Kerr's absence.

Home Depot's quarterly profit jumps 12 percent
Among 22 analysts covering The Home Depot Inc . (NYSE:HD) is getting prepared to post earnings results on 5/16/2017 8:30:00 AM. EPS growth in next year is estimated to reach 12.81% while EPS growth estimate for this year is set at 18.00%.

North Korea: US and South Korea tried to assassinate Kim Jong Un
Such moves would be a step toward the country's goal of developing nuclear-armed missiles capable of reaching the USA mainland. US and South Korean intelligence agencies have allegedly attempted to assassinate Kim Jong Un, North Korean state media report.

Former official says she warned White House about Flynn
Commenting on this conversation on Fox news, President Donald Trump blamed the Obama administration for not vetting Flynn. Pence vouched for Flynn in television interviews, using information he's said came from the national security adviser.

Meghan Markle attends polo match featuring Prince Harry
Royal watchers were not horsing around when Prince Harry's girlfriend showed up to watch him compete in a charity polo match. We know, finally! Fans should expect another spotting veryyyy soon, as Markle is set to attend Pippa Middleton's wedding .

DOJ Ramps Up Investigation of Sun-Times Sale
Tronc has pledged to continue to publish the tabloid and to maintain independent newsrooms if it is successful in the takeover. Chicago's media scene could get a lot smaller - so long as the Justice Department approves.

Police chief shot in upstate NY; suspect barricaded, cops say
The village of Maybrook is mostly in the town of Montgomery and partly in the town of Hamptonburgh, south of Interstate 84. Police have not revealed whether Bostick was shot by an officer, or if his death was caused by a self inflicted injury.

BJP Thiruvananthapuram President Threatens CPM, 'Hate Speech' Case Filed
The investigators have already identified the seven-member killer gang and search is on for the remaining members of the gang. O Rajagopal said that such statements should be taken as the "emotional outburst of the young leaders" in the party.

Concussion spotter couldn't pull Crosby for hitting boards
The Capitals appeared on the verge of another exit at the hands of the Penguins going into the third period of Game 5 . One of those visible signs is "slow to get up". "Ice" as compared to "boards" is in there for a reason.

GOP lawmaker cautions health care bill is Obamacare 'tweak'
So I ask again: Don't they get sick? The AHCA also plans to support discrimination against those with preexisting conditions. The ACA has reconfigured the fundamental structure and culture of how health insurance operates in the United States.

Syrian Kurdish forces to push on IS capital this summer
An SDF commander, identified only as Abdel-Qader, declined to specify dates at a news conference, citing tactical reasons. Regarding the US decision to arm Kurdish elements of the SDF, Davis said the arming has not yet begun.