Essay On Lead Poisoning

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Ah Yu Ya Shee Xiong 11-26-17 Biochemistry of Lead Poisoning Lead (Pb) is a toxic naturally occurring metal found in small parts of the Earth’s crust. Although there are many benefits for lead, it can be harmful and toxic. Due to the widespread usage of lead resulted in significant environmental contamination, exposure to humans, and compelling health risks in many parts of the world including the U.S. One of the many health issues includes lead poisoning. Lead poisoning is the accumulation, or the build up of lead in the body that occurs in any form of exposure. Whether the person , swallows, absorbs, or inhale the lead, can later lead to serious damage. When enough lead is build up within the body, the lead contaminates and corrupts various systems in the body as well as affect the tissues. Intake of lead can lead to change in hemoglobin which damaged different tissue organs system in body such as lungs and liver as well as brain. Hemoglobin is a oxygen transport protein in the red blood cells which is crucial to human body.( Linda W. et. al, 2015). Therefore due to this reason it has a major affect on young children and adults. One of the major causes of lead poisoning is exposure to lead. According to Smith et. al. 2015, there are many ways people are exposed to lead. Whether it’s throughout the air, environment, dust, soil, plumbing, or even in the water we drink, we must be aware of these causes. Lead is most commonly found in house paint and gasoline. Houses that were painted before 1978 contain lead within the paints that were used to paint the house. When these lead paint is being stripped or peeled, lead dust is released in the air causing a risk of having lead poisoning. Children tend to swallow these chipped paint an... ... middle of paper ... ...from Roy, A., Hu, H., Bellinger, D. C., Mukherjee, B., Modali, R., Nasaruddin, K., ...Balakrishnan, K. (2011). Hemoglobin, lead exposure, and intelligence quotient: effect modification by the DRD2 Taq IA polymorphism. Environmental Health Perspectives, 119(1), 144+. Retrieved from Brenner H, W. %. (2017, April 19). LEAD. Retrieved November 26, 2017, from Anemia. (2011). In D. S. Blanchfield (Ed.), Environmental Encyclopedia. Detroit: Gale. Retrieved from Gulson, B., & Salome, F. (2012, November 17). Distribution and Effects of Lead. Retrieved November 17, 2017, from
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