CBS Evening News for Thursday, Jul 05, 1984
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REPORTER: Dan Rather
(NYC) Impact of lead poisoning, from old paint, on health and mental development of young children examined; Heather and Jennifer Winkler, Terrence Sanders and Alex Dominich cited as exs. Public health survey outlined on screen; lead's impact on brain chemistry explained. [Ctrs. for Disease Control spokesperson Dr. Vernon HOUK - considers lead contamination greater than health threat from cigarettes.] Inception of federal lead poisoning program in 1970s and current status of government efforts described. Lead prevention programs damaged by Reagan administration budget cuts illustrated on map. [Health and Human Services spokesperson Dr. Edward BRANDT - cites need to decide on expenditures.] Extent of lead contamination in older neighborhoods described; implications for low income children considered. Newark, New Jersey, experience cited as example; details outlined on screen. [Newark lead program spokesperson Charlene MASON - cites need for funds for prevention; notes efforts to halt polio began before that disease reached current level of lead poisoning.] Boston area study cited. [Dr. Herbert NEEDLEMAN - describes intellectual and developmental damage discovered from Boston research.] National apathy toward problem considered.
REPORTER: Ed Bradley
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