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  • 10-Year Study Finds Air Pollution Accelerates Plaque Build-Up in Arteries to Heart News Release
    May 20, 2016
  • Lead house paint that dates from before the 1978 federal ban is the No. 1 source of lead poisoning of children in the United States, and children who live in older homes can be exposed through peeling paint. Catherine Karr, DEOHS, is quoted. In the News
    The News Tribune | May 17, 2016
  • Experts say that rust on pots and pans won't likely cause harm. James Woods says better to play it safe and buy new cookware. In the News
    Fox News | May 9, 2016