"Budgets Hinder Aid for Lead Poisoning"

"Thousands of U.S. children with dangerous amounts of lead in their blood may go unassisted this year because local health departments can't afford to monitor them, a survey of major cities by USA TODAY shows."

"In May, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) cut in half the amount of lead that should trigger medical monitoring and other actions in children younger than 6.

The CDC's action came after its scientific advisory board concluded that even small amounts of lead exposure are associated with reduced IQs, attention problems and poor academic achievement. The new guidelines mean that 450,000 kids are at risk of lead poisoning, up from 77,000."

Kaitlyn Ridel reports for USA TODAY October 2, 2012.

Source: USA TODAY, 10/02/2012