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Explore research on industrial lead exposure, childhood lead poisoning, and the health impacts of lead water pipes, as well as related public health guidance through items in the NLM Digital Collections.

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Lead Poisoning: Federal Health Care Programs Are Not Effectively Reaching At-Risk Children, Bernice Steinhardt, Committee on Government Reform, House of Representatives, 1999

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A Government Accountability Office (GAO) study determined that children serviced by federally-funded health care programs remained at higher risk for lead poisoning despite government intervention and were not being screened enough. The report of findings described a lack of program oversight and barriers to follow-up testing and care as factors.