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10 facts on children's environmental health

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In some developing regions of the world, more than 33% of all children are exposed to high levels of lead which can result in neurological disorders

Lead poisoning can alter children's brain development, increase the risk of learning problems, and cardiovascular diseases later in life. Childhood lead exposure is estimated to contribute to about 600 000 new cases of developmental disabilities, annually.

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