Q&A: Lead poisoning and other silent public health threats

February 19, 2016 - MedPage Today

Efforts to resolve the water crisis in Flint, Mich., continue, with HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell touring the city yesterday and announcing $500,000 in funding to help two area health centers. Earlier this week, Mona Hanna-Attisha, MD, the pediatrician who discovered the lead levels in the water, presented an update on the Pediatric Public Health Initiative, with interventions designed to help the children of Flint who were exposed to lead. Given the breadth of this issue, we contacted a wide range of experts -- from toxicology experts to pediatric and environmental health specialists -- via email to ask.