Segregation has close ties with lead poisoning in Black American kids

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U.S. News & World Report: Robert Fischer, associate professor and co-director of the Center on Poverty and Community Development at the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, discussed a new study that found young Black children living in racially segregated U.S. neighborhoods are at heightened risk of potentially brain-damaging lead exposure.

“This study is definitely confirming what smaller studies have indicated,” said Fischer, who was not involved in the latest research. “It's not just random chance that Black children are more exposed to lead.”

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