May 17 2012
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Afternoon Public Health News Update: May 17

For First Time, Most Kids Younger Than One are Minorities

The Census Bureau has released estimates showing that 50.4 percent of the United States population younger than age one was minorities as of July 1, 2011. This is up from 49.5 percent from the 2010 Census, and marks the first time racial and ethnic minorities make up more than half the children born in the nation.

Read an article from the New York Times about health and education implications of the rising rate of minority births.

CDC Lowers Threshold for Lead Testing in Kids

Reuters is reporting that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has cut its threshold for defining lead poisoning in children to 5 micrograms per deciliter of blood—the first reduction in 20 years.

The recommendation was based on a growing number of scientific studies showing that even low blood lead levels can cause lifelong health effects, according to the CDC. Read more on lead laws.

Tags: Maternal and Infant Health, News roundups, Pediatrics, Safety