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Lead Dust Is Linked to Violence, Study Suggests

Science Daily -- Childhood exposure to lead dust has been linked to lasting physical and behavioral effects, and now lead dust from vehicles using leaded gasoline has been linked to instances of aggravated assault two decades after exposure, says Tulane toxicologist Howard W. Mielke.

Vehicles using leaded gasoline that contaminated cities' air decades ago have increased aggravated assault in urban areas, researchers say.

The new findings are published in the journal Environment International by Mielke, a research professor in the Department of Pharmacology at the Tulane University School of Medicine, and demographer Sammy Zahran at the Center for Disaster and Risk Analysis at Colorado State University.

The researchers compared the amount of lead released in six cities: Atlanta, Chicago, Indianapolis,


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jrs4125
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Message Posted: Apr 30, 2012 6:59:22 AM

Just living in urban areas is a major reason for increased violence.
52MPG
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Message Posted: Apr 30, 2012 1:45:51 AM

Isn't that why we have unleaded gas.
remay
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Message Posted: Apr 29, 2012 2:56:27 PM

I don't get the relevance to THIS news forum...
36_ACRES_4_SALE
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Message Posted: Apr 29, 2012 1:26:04 AM

Blame it on Ron Paul 2012
MontanaMac
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Message Posted: Apr 28, 2012 11:15:46 PM

Watching TV is even worse.
apiergallini
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Message Posted: Apr 28, 2012 3:03:33 PM

@johntxx

At one point, we didn't know that radiation was dangerous. We didn't know that thalidomide caused birth defects. We didn't know that mercury caused brain damage. Someone, somewhere, performed studies and figured those things out, and now we know, and we're better off for it. Even if you don't believe that lead dust causes problems with people's levels of violence (though who are you to question these doctors and scientists and say their findings are wrong?), it's pretty much universally accepted that lead is dangerous if ingested or absorbed. How do you think we figured THAT out? Probably another one of those "worthless" studies, funded by a "research grant."
JamesCalvin
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Message Posted: Apr 28, 2012 1:15:44 PM

Hmmm!

Just what I needed to explain my unloving behavior toward my wife, as in, "Sorry honey, the lead made me do it!"
johntxx
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Message Posted: Apr 28, 2012 10:13:15 AM

What a load. They used to say it was the cartoons we watched, also a load. Who pays for this junk? Oh yeah, I do as a tax payer funding completely useless "research" grants like this one. Now there's something to get your blood pressure up. Maybe we need a study on that--not.
shashathern
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Message Posted: Apr 28, 2012 8:41:05 AM

Maybe they should take lead out of gasoline?
LilRedWagonIN
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Message Posted: Apr 28, 2012 7:37:00 AM

Disclaimer: I played with lead and mercury when I was young.

Look to see the political agenda of the researcher. Check for other contributing factors. There are more variables than can be listed in a thesis. Coincidental events like 'eating carrots' can be used by stupid so-called researchers looking through their political agenda glasses to make a case for any demon.

I know I'm right and I'll beat the living dung out of anyone who disagrees with me.
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Message Posted: Apr 28, 2012 6:54:58 AM

Quite a reach
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Message Posted: Apr 28, 2012 6:41:12 AM

This is still a theory, which is an idea which is backed up by tests. There is always a chance that there are a number of mistakes in the idea. More testing results and prof is needed.
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Message Posted: Apr 28, 2012 6:35:40 AM

Interesting.
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Message Posted: Apr 28, 2012 6:14:00 AM

How about exposure to uranium in the Middle East wars?

[Edited by: Nicoalbum at 4/28/2012 7:14:07 AM EST]
naiiawah
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Message Posted: Apr 28, 2012 1:48:48 AM

OK
kitty1750
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Message Posted: Apr 28, 2012 12:06:00 AM

And still trying to get the lead out of me arse :)
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Message Posted: Apr 27, 2012 10:58:25 PM

Did this only occur in the US or did the same happen anywhere else in the world?
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Message Posted: Apr 27, 2012 10:26:31 PM


I always used Amoco Premium unleaded at the time, so don't blame me.
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Message Posted: Apr 27, 2012 10:02:39 PM

Yeah right... have a tough time with this one....

Absolutely nothing to do with the:

1. Korean conflict
2. Vietnam conflict
3. Rise in population
4. Increase in drug use
5. Increase in alcohol use
6. Increase in gangs and gang associations
7. Television access to media hype and taking as gospel truth
8. Hollywood becoming the real life and real life becoming "history"
9. Exponential growth of graphic and violent video games/movies
10. Unemployment... 7% in 1950 is nothing compared to 7% in 1985!!
11. "Inner" city population growth with little to no chance of getting out.
12. Lighter sentences due to a "legal" rather than a "justice" system
13. Heavy swing from "I should do something" to "I saw nothing"
14. police/security resources lagging behind population growth
15. General public knowledge of police/security response is limited

etc, etc, etc... the list goes on and on!!!

Wonder what Mielke is going find and publish in this day and age where rapes, beatings, riots and murder are now shown through the exponentially expanding internet and "smart" cell phone social networking?

Must be due to the lead exposed to the developers of this new cyber means of communications and all those who follow it!

Guess I must have been effected as well. Posting this reply electronically...
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Message Posted: Apr 27, 2012 8:51:26 PM

interesting. not related to the price of gas though
tatker
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Message Posted: Apr 27, 2012 8:11:27 PM

Heavy Metal can hurt your hearing to... = music
mabrams184
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Message Posted: Apr 27, 2012 8:05:27 PM

and working in a battery factory twenty years ago didn't help me at all.
MidNJ
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Message Posted: Apr 27, 2012 7:50:30 PM

I believe it is called lead poisoning.

That is the main reason lead was removed as a gas additive decades ago.
MusicalMan7
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Message Posted: Apr 27, 2012 7:45:44 PM

That explains a lot...
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Message Posted: Apr 27, 2012 7:26:32 PM

Guess I'm not really surprised, given what we already know about the toxicity of lead and heavy metals. Though I suspect we could see other studies that would refute the behavioral impact.
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Message Posted: Apr 27, 2012 7:09:16 PM

How odd!
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Message Posted: Apr 27, 2012 6:58:13 PM

glad we don't have it here

sedonaJ
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Message Posted: Apr 27, 2012 6:27:12 PM

ANYONE WHO THINKS LEAD DUST IS GOOD MUST BE ON THE TAKE FOR ALOT OF $$$$$!!
TableTalk
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Message Posted: Apr 27, 2012 6:15:05 PM

Yes, heavy metals are not good. So eat a diet that helps flush them out if you live in urban areas that were effected by this stuff. But be real careful you don't use this as an excuse for bad behavior.
wildddkattt80
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Message Posted: Apr 27, 2012 6:14:42 PM

Lead, lead, lead has always been a problem.
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Message Posted: Apr 27, 2012 5:13:53 PM

I've heard some news stories of heavy metals causing a myriad of health problems.
apiergallini
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Message Posted: Apr 27, 2012 5:03:39 PM

Hmm, I wonder if children of pro-gun parents also exhibit the same symptoms?
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Message Posted: Apr 27, 2012 4:53:26 PM

How odd!
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