ESA Biosciences of Chelmsford, Mass., the brain behind the snappy diagnostic test, have extended its reach and availability to 115,000 centers across the nation. Now, the healthcare clinics, mobile health units and schools will be armed with this valuable tool to screen children for abnormal lead levels.
It is estimated that nearly 300,000 children aged 5 and below have unhealthy lead levels in their blood, a key indicator of lead poisoning. Health experts comment that children may suffer learning disabilities and even behavioral difficulties when blood lead levels are high. Therefore it become crucial to detect such cases early, so that timely treatment is enabled to eject harmful lead from the body.