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Lead linked to cataracts

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Lifetime exposure to lead from paint in older houses, water pipes and other sources appears to increase men's risk of cataracts, researchers reported yesterday.

"This research suggests that reduction of lead exposure throughout a man's lifetime should help reduce his chances of developing cataracts and of requiring cataract surgery," said Debra Schaumberg of Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, lead author of the study in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Reuters

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