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SU conducting study of lead impact on children, needs participants

Research shows that even small amounts of lead may affect your cardiovascular system, and Syracuse University is conducting a study to look at the health impact it could have on children’s health.
Syracuse (WSYR-TV) – Research shows that even small amounts of lead may affect your cardiovascular system, and Syracuse University is conducting a study to look at the health impact it could have on children’s health.

SU Professor Brooks Gump will be handling the study. The University was awarded $1.8 million to conduct the research study.

“We can learn how really low level of leads may be affecting the population more broadly,” Gump said.

The study needs 300 children – both African-America and Caucasian. The children will have their blood drawn, but the other parts of the study are non-invasive, such as playing computer games as researchers monitor stress levels.

Gump says research shows that stress can have a greater impact on the heart if there is lead in your system.

The research study needs children ages 9, 10, or 11 from the area codes including 13204, 13205, or 13207.

“This kind of research - without the help of children and their parents, we really can't do it so they are really an integral part in getting this knowledge and understanding what's going on,” Gump said.

Families will receive $100 for participating in the study, which takes about five hours.

More information can be obtained by calling (315) 443-4907 or by emailing adumas@syr.edu.

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