News & Lead Awareness

How Lead Exposure Affects Pregnancy and Developing Babies

11/15/2017

Most people know that being exposed to lead is not healthy, but understanding how it affects both a pregnancy and a developing baby might not be as straightforward.

 

Are You Maximizing the Benefits of Medical Practice Technology?

04/11/2017

Medical practice technology innovation on both the clinical side and administration has been brisk. Here are some useful tips for keeping up with all of the opportunities and choosing the initiatives that will be most beneficial to your practice. 

 

Magellan Diagnostics and PDXWildlife Partner to Identify Lead Exposure in Giant Pandas

03/16/2017

First-ever blood lead analysis study seeks to better understand the effects that lead exposure might have on the reproductive success of the threatened giant panda species 

 

Why, and How, to Do an E&M Utilization Review for Your Practice

03/09/2017

An E&M distribution that is out of line with norms for your specialty could mean a payer audit is more likely. Prepare your practice with these 5 steps.

 

Magellan Diagnostics Continues Global Development, Signs Exclusive Partnership to Provide Portable Blood Lead Testing in Africa

03/07/2017

Magellan Diagnostics Inc., a business unit of Meridian since March 2016, has signed an exclusive distribution agreement with Biofirm Technologies, one of the leading providers of laboratory equipment, consumables, reagents, and medical equipment in East and Central Africa. 

 

Restoration Hardware recalls metal top dining tables due to lead exposure risk

02/14/2017

According to the retailer, the table's metal top can contain lead, presenting a risk of lead exposure to children. 

 

Top Tips for Scheduling Preventive Visits

01/24/2017

Top Tips for Scheduling Preventitive Visits by Laurie Morgan, partner and consultant, Capko & Morgan

 

Magellan Diagnostics Signs Exclusive Partnership to Expand Blood Lead Testing in China

12/20/2016

Meridian Bioscience, Inc. (NASDAQ:VIVO) today announced that its Magellan Diagnostics business unit has signed an exclusive distribution agreement with MedCaptain Medical Technology Co., Ltd.

 

Magellan Diagnostics Marks Ten Years of Point of Care Lead Testing, Reaffirms Mission to Raise Awareness

12/01/2016

With 10,000 systems shipped and over 13 million tested, Magellan enters next decade with a broadened focus on awareness for at-risk pregnant women.

 

For Pregnant Women Exposed to Lead, “an ounce of prevention is really worth a pound of cure”

11/29/2016

Lead is a versatile, powerful and permanent neurotoxin that can hide almost anywhere.

 

Timeline: 10 Years of LeadCare II

11/14/2016

Timeline of 10 years of LeadCare II and lead history.

 

Reach Out and Read Early Literacy Initiative Supported by Magellan Diagnostics!

11/04/2016

Lead exposure at levels well below 10 mg/dL contributes to decreased reading readiness at kindergarten entry.

 

 

Lead Exposure Infographic

10/26/2016

Lead exposure poses serious health risks. 

 

Fight Childhood Lead Poisoning with Nutrition

10/11/2016

For parents feeling helpless to protect their kids from lead exposure, diet can have an impact.

 

Product Recall: M&M’S-Branded Jewelry

08/25/2016

Mars Retail Group Recalls M&M’S-Branded Jewelry Due to Violation of Lead Standard.

 

Testing For Lead Exposure: Don’t Let Your Kids Fall Through The Cracks

08/16/2016

Lead is one of the most prevalent environmental health risks for children, with lifelong repercussions.

 

Product Recall: Five brands of blended curry seasonings

08/12/2016

Miami’s Oriental Packing Co. Inc. late Friday recalled roughly 188.5 tons of blended seasoning curry products because it is contaminated with lead.

 

Magellan Diagnostics Receives CFDA Clearance for LeadCare II in China

08/09/2016

Simple, portable diagnostic instrument used in thousands of US clinics will provide three-minute blood lead testing results to Chinese clinicians and parents.

 

Product Recall: Six brands of turmeric

08/08/2016

Six brands of ground turmeric have been recalled for excessive amounts of lead.

 

Product Recall: L.L. Bean Children's Water Bottle

07/20/2016

L.L. Bean recalls 6,700 insulated kids' water bottles after routine testing found the bottoms were erroneously sealed on the bottom with solder containing lead.

 

Product Recall: Things Remembered Children’s Jewelry

07/19/2016

Things Remebered recalls children's silver bracelets and charm necklaces.The coating on the jewlery was found to contain lead in excess of the allowable limit.

 

Portland Schools Struggle with Lead in Water

05/30/2016

Portland schools look to fix lead lines and relationships with parents. 

 

St. Paul Continues to Combat Lead Pipes

05/30/2016

A look at St. Paul, MN's fight to address lead pipes and lead exposure through the water system. 

 

Connecticut Still Struggles with Lead Poisoning

05/24/2016

Levels of lead exposure and lead poisoning in Connecticut might be higher than reported. 

 

Massachusetts Earmarks $2 Million to Test Water for Lead

05/06/2016

In the wake of Flint, Massachusetts sets aside funds to test water in public schools for lead. 

 

New Jersey to Begin Water Testing in Schools

05/06/2016

Governor Chris Christie orders all New Jersey public schools to test their water for lead, beginning September 2016. 

 

Product Warning: Cra-Z-Art Toys

04/25/2016

The New York State Attorney General has opened an investigation into the Cra-Z-Art brand over jewelry kits that contain high levels of lead. 

 

Meridian Bioscience Acquires Magellan Diagnostics, Inc.

03/24/2016

Cincinnati, March 24, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Meridian Bioscience, Inc., Cincinnati, Ohio (NASDAQ: VIVO) announced today that it has completed the acquisition of Magellan Biosciences, Inc. and its wholly owned subsidiary Magellan Diagnostics, Inc. Headquartered in Billerica, Massachusetts (near Boston), Magellan pioneered the engineering, development and manufacturing of FDA-cleared products for the testing of blood to diagnose lead poisoning in children and adults. 

 

Lead Exposure: What Most Parents Don’t Know

03/17/2016

The challenge parents face with childhood lead poisoning is that testing is often the only way to know if their child is being exposed. Without testing, parents are in the dark and cannot seek out or address the lead exposure source. Awareness is a parent’s best defense against the life long harmful effects that can lead can have. Boston Parents Magazine

 

Lead Testing in Maryland

02/17/2016

New Maryland lead testing policy: who should be tested and how many are getting the test they need.

 

Maryland Adopts Universal Testing Policy

02/05/2016

January 1, 2016, Maryland adopted a universal blood lead testing policy. Now all children born after 1/1/15 must be tested for lead exposure at 12 and 24 months.

 

KHS America Recalls Glockenspiel Toys Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard

02/04/2016

The pink metal bar on this musical instrument has excessive amounts of lead in the paint. 

 

Bentonite Me Baby Marked by the FDA for Elevated Lead Levels

01/29/2016

FDA warns against using Bentonite Me Baby due to lead exposure risk. 

 

Christie Vetoes Addition to Lead Hazard Fund

01/27/2016

The New Jersey state legislative body voted to add $10 million to the Lead Hazard Control Fund. $50 million had been taken from this fund and repurposed in recent years. This bill was an attempt at rebuilding the fund until Chris Christie vetoed it. 

 

Sebring Ohio Experiences Water Warning As Well

01/25/2016

A warning has been issued about the water in the village of Sebring, Ohio.

 

Instruments to Help Flint Physicians Quickly Test Patients’ Lead Exposure

01/22/2016

Magellan Diagnostics is taking action to help in Flint, MI. The Michigan State and Genesee County Health Departments have responded to the crisis caused by lead in the city’s drinking water by asking pediatricians to test all children up to age 6 who consumed Flint city water after April 2014. In collaboration with the county health department, Magellan is loaning its CLIA-waived LeadCare II systems to practices in Flint to expand access to testing.  

 

LEAD Clinic at Akron Children's Hospital

01/13/2016

Information on the LEAD Clinic at Akron Children's Hospital

 

A Costly Mistake: Flint, MI by the Numbers

01/13/2016

An infograph about the cost of lead exposure in Flint Michigan

 

Parents Should Be Careful Bathing Children in Water in Flint, MI

01/13/2016

A warning about bathing children in Flint, Michigan.

 

Baltimore City Council Looks to Step Up Fight Against Lead

01/13/2016

Baltimore city council wants to continue the fight against lead exposure. 

 

New Study Links Lead to ADHD

01/11/2016

OHSU study shows a relationship between lead exposure and ADHD.

 

On-site Screening of Lead Exposure with PXRF

12/31/2015

A review of the capabilities of the PXRF system.

 

Lead Exposure in New Jersey Decreases, but Persists

12/31/2015

Lead exposure has declined in recent years in southern New Jersey but still remains an issue.  

 

Timeline of Flint's Water Crisis

12/30/2015

A timeline of the lead contimated water crisis in Flint, Michigan.

 

Memphis Takes Advantage of Federal Funds to Test Homes for Lead

12/29/2015

Memphis and Shelby County are using federal grants to test their communities for lead to get the number of children with elevated blood lead levels under control.

 

Follow-up on Cleveland: How They're Addressing the Problem

12/22/2015

A summary of the action steps that Cleveland plans on taking to address the lead exposure problem. 

 

Flint Michigan Adds Third-Party Water Testing

12/13/2015

Flint Michigan adds third-party water testing after failure to find and acknowledge lead in the water earlier in the year. 

 

Bill to Give New Jersey's Lead Hazard Fund $10 Million

12/11/2015

A bill is moving through New Jersey's legislature that would give New Jersey's Lead Hazard Fund $10 million.

 

3 Tips for a Lead Free Holiday

12/04/2015

Some suggestions to keep your children lead safe during the holiday season.

 

Cleveland Looks to Revamp Lead Program

11/30/2015

Cleveland's lead program has suffered the effects of tight budgets over the past few years, but city officials are vowing to make it a priority and revamp the program. 

 

Black Friday Toy Reminder

11/25/2015

A guide to buying lead and toxin free toys for children during the holiday season and year-round. 

 

Lead Exposure Affects Children's Sleep

11/16/2015

A new study links lead exposure in early childhood to increased risk for sleeping problems later in life. 

 

New England EPA Gives Out $1.75 million in Grants

11/13/2015

The New England EPA gave out $1.75 million in 21 different grants.  Two different grants totaling $34,370 were related to lead exposure. 

 

Pottery Barn Kids Recalls Avengers and Darth Vader Water Bottles Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard

11/03/2015

Information about the recall involving Avengers and Darth Vader water bottle from Pottery Barn Kids

 

Maryland Updates Testing Regulations

10/27/2015

Maryland will now require universal lead testing for all 1 and 2 year olds. 

 

National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week Activities

10/24/2015

A list of activities and educational opportunities around the country for lead poisoing prevention week. 

 

A Look At Lead in Maine

10/24/2015

A look at the issue of lead exposure in Maine. 

 

Liquid Lead: Lead in Drinking Water

10/21/2015

An educational infograph about lead in drinking water. 

 

A Message from President Amy Winslow, Lead Could be a Spooky Addition this Halloween

10/20/2015


Few parents think that a Halloween costume could present a toxic risk, but sadly, some of these costumes can be dangerous, particularly for young children who are more likely to chew or mouth that adorable pumpkin suit.

 

Flint Officials Are No Longer Saying the Water Is Fine

10/07/2015

FLINT, Mich. — All along, through months of complaints from residents of this city about the peculiar colors and odors they said were coming from their faucets, the overriding message from the authorities here was that the water would be just fine.

Then county officials issued an emergency advisory recommending that peiople not drink Flint's water unless it is tested for lead or filtered. The New York Times

 

Anhing Corporation Recalls ABC Shaped Cookies Due to Lead

09/14/2015

ABC Shaped Cookies are being recalled due to elevated levels of lead.  

 

Imagine Nation Books Recalls Pink Giraffe Animal Purse Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard

09/02/2015

The red paint on the zipper contains excessive levels of lead, violating the federal lead paint standard.

To view the details of this recall, click here.

 

5 Questions to Ask Before Sending Your Child Back to School

08/31/2015

Environmental Hazards At Schools

 

Infographic: 5 Questions to Ask Before Your Child Goes Back to School

08/31/2015

Infographic reviewing 5 questions to ask before sending your children back to school.

 

Lead Exposure in New Orleans Post Katrina

08/20/2015

Lead Exposure in New Orleans Post Katrina

 

 

Lead Flows from Colorado to New Mexico

08/10/2015

Waste from an abandonded mine in Colorado flows into the river

 

Could Your Job be Putting Your Family at Risk?

07/31/2015

No parent wants to poison their child just by giving them a hug when they get home from work. Lead poisoning is 100% preventable, even if your job requires you to work with lead on a regular basis. Children can be exposed to lead without ever leaving their home, especially when their parent happens to work with lead and comes home with it on their skin or clothes.

This infographic summarizes the dangers and possible sources of "take home" lead as well as how to prevent the exposure from happening.

 

New Hampshire Moves to Prevention

07/17/2015

New Hampshire makes it illegal for landlords to evict families whose children have tested positive for any level of lead. Other measures are established to help protect children against lead exposure. 

 

Magellan Diagnostics Receives FDA Clearance for LeadCare Plus Clinical Lead Analyzer

07/16/2015

Magellan Diagnostics, Inc., the leader in blood lead testing systems for both point-of-care and laboratory analysis, has received US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance to market the LeadCare Plus Blood Lead Testing System in the US for the quantification of lead levels in blood.  

 

LeadCare II identifies lead exposure in India

06/25/2015

Increased awareness of lead poisoning in India caused increased demand for testing which is being done with LeadCare II.  

 

New Jersey Looks to Replenish a Very Depleted Lead Prevention Fund

06/25/2015

New Jersey State Senate votes to put $10 million into the Lead Hazard Control Fund before the end of the fiscal year on June 30th.

 

Northern Tool + Equipment Recalls Little Digger Toy Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard

06/25/2015

The red paint on the Little Digger toy frame contains excessive levels of lead, which is prohibited under federal law.

To view the details of this recall, click here.

 

How Lead Exposure Affects the Academic Achievement Gap

06/18/2015

The Economic Policy Institute released a study last week discussing 5 different factors that can negatively affect students’ academic performance but cannot be addressed through educational reform.  These 5 factors included: lead poisoning, different parenting practices, single parenthood, parents’ irregular work schedules, and inadequate access to primary and preventative healthcare.  The goal of the report was to provide evidence and solutions for other issues beyond that classroom that might be increasing the achievement gap.  “Economists, sociologists and developmental psychologists have consistently concluded that background characteristics strongly shape cognitive and behavioral outcomes.  When school improvement is not complemented by policies to narrow social class differences, students’ chances of success area greatly diminished.” The report suggested that all children be tested for lead exposure and the authors believe that while lead abatement across the country would be expensive, the savings would “exceed the costs” in the long-term.

 

A Message from President, Amy Winslow: Lead Awareness is Coming, Slowly but Surely

06/17/2015

President Amy Winslow comments on Thomas Beller's opinion piece in the Sunday Review of the New York Times where he shares his family's experience with lead exposure in New Orleans.  Both express the same frustration from the "false complacency" that many are faced with when discussing lead poisoning.  

 

Baby’s Dream Recalls Cribs and Furniture Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard

05/08/2015

The vintage grey paint on the cribs, furniture, and accessories exceeds federal lead limits. If ingested, lead can cause adverse health effects.

To view the details of this recall, click here.

 

Cycle Gear Recalls Semi Truck and Motorcycle Toys Due to Excessive Lead Levels

04/15/2015

The toys contain excessive levels of lead, which is a violation of the federal standard for lead content. To view the details of this recall, click here.

 

Magellan Diagnostics Named as one of the Top 100 Women-Led Business in Massachusetts

10/27/2014

Billerica, Massachusetts – October 27, 2014 – The Boston Globe Magazine, together with its partner The Commonwealth Institute (TCI), has named Magellan Diagnostics as one of  the Top 100 Women-Led Businesses in Massachusetts.  Magellan’s President Amy Winslow was recognized at a breakfast event at the Seaport Boston Hotel last Friday.  The full list was published in the Globe Magazine’s Women & Power Issue at bostonglobe.com/magazine on October 24 and in print on October 26.

 

Magellan Diagnostics Receives FDA Clearance for LeadCare® Ultra™ Bench-top Clinical Lead Analyzer

08/26/2013

Magellan Diagnostics, Inc., the leader in clinical lead testing systems for both point-of-care and laboratory analysis, has received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance to market the LeadCare® Ultra™ Blood Lead Testing System in the US for the quantification of lead levels in blood.

 

San Diego Housing Commission Tests Children for Lead Poisoning

02/26/2013

The San Diego Housing Commission has brought lead testing to the King-Chavez Primary Academy as part of their "Home Safe Home" program to reduce the risks of lead poisoning.

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Lead Poisoning Cases Offer New Reminder About Hazards Of Ancient Remedies

12/17/2012

Ayurveda is a form of traditional medicine that's thousands of years old. But some ayurvedic remedies have harmful heavy metal additives, including lead. And those remedies are finding their way to the U.S., as two recent cases of childhood lead poisoning in New York attest.

 

LRGHealthcare Obtains Lead Screening Machines for Use at Area Physician Practices

10/03/2012

LRGHealthcare recently obtained two capillary blood lead level testing machines for use in both Westside Family Practice in Franklin and Newfound Family Practice in Bristol. The machines were purchased through a combined effort between LRGHealthcare and a grant from the New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority (NHHFA) as part of an initiative of the Franklin-Newfound Area Healthy Homes Committee (a committee of the local public health network, Caring Community Network of the Twin Rivers).

 

Folk remedy linked to baby’s high lead levels

08/02/2012

The specialists at Boston Children’s Hospital were stumped. Usually when they encounter children with high levels of lead in their blood, the culprit is chipped, lead-based paint in families’ homes or yards. But disease trackers found no problematic paint in the home of a six-month old infant with elevated lead levels. The case is prompting an alert from federal health officials about the risk of heavy metal poisoning from folk remedies found in many immigrant cultures.

 

 

The National Minority Quality Forum Launches Lead Risk Index

06/27/2012

The Lead Risk Index from the National Minority Quality Forum (the Forum) allows users to research lead exposure levels at zip code-level granularity. 

 

Magellan Diagnostics Partners with the National Minority Quality Forum to Provide Nationwide Lead Exposure Data to the Public

05/10/2012

Magellan Diagnostics, the developer of point-of-care lead testing devices, today announced it is collaborating with the National Minority Quality Forum (the Forum) to create Web-based tools and information for indexing lead exposure levels across the country. The collaboration will result in a new index for the Forum, which has created a series of user-friendly Web-based tools that enable users to understand incidence and prevalence of disease on a national, state, and local level. (Read Full Article)

 

Hackensack Chosen for Lead Poisoning Trial Site

03/02/2012

Hackensack’s Health Department was chosen to participate in a new lead poisoning testing trial program.

Using a grant from the New Jersey state Department of Health and Senior Services, the city Health Department is developing a pilot program to test the practicality of using a newer instrument that measures the amount of lead in children’s blood. The newer testing method, known as the LeadCare II system, helps detect and prevent childhood blood lead poisoning. (Read Full Article)

 

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