Composite MRI images of about 160 members of the Cincinnati Lead Study show that childhood exposure to element 82 causes gray matter loss (orange areas), especially in frontal areas of the brain.
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Does Lead Poisoning Lead to Crime?

Your health may not be the only thing in danger if you’re exposed to lead; those around you could be in trouble, too. Childhood exposure to the toxic metal may be linked to violent criminal acts like homicide, Chemical & Engineering News reported this week. Studies show that boys rated for high aggression and teenagers who have been in trouble with the law were exposed to higher-than-average lead levels as children. In addition, homicide rates are four times higher in countries with extreme lead concentrations in the air.

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