06 May '11, 6pm

Kids’ Exposure to Toxins and Pollution Costs the U.S. $76.6 Billion Annually

Kids’ Exposure to Toxins and Pollution Costs the U.S. $76.6 Billion Annually

According to new research published in the May issue of the journal “Health Affairs,” the health expenses of children who were sick due to toxic chemical exposure and air pollution , cost the United States a whopping $76.6 billion – and that was just in 2008 alone. The new research focuses on the costs related to lead poisoning, prenatal methylmercury exposure , childhood cancer, asthma, intellectual disability, autism , and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Principal findings of this research show that chemical factors in the environment continue to contribute greatly to childhood morbidity and quickly rising health care costs. Worse, it’s not as if we haven’t seen this coming . Exhibit 1 shown above: Costs attributed to environmental factors for each condition studied. The researchers found the following costs associated with childhood exposure to toxins and air ...

Full article: http://www.inhabitots.com/kids-exposure-to-toxins-and-pol...

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