Toxic Metal Found in Kids' Jewelry Very Dangerous

Cadmium is particularly dangerous for children because growing bodies readily absorb substances, and cadmium accumulates in the kidneys for decades. "Just small amounts of chemicals may radically alter development," said Dr. Robert O. Wright, a professor at Harvard University's medical school and school of public health. "I can't even fathom why anyone would allow for even a small amount to be accessible."

Cadmium is particularly dangerous for children because growing bodies readily absorb substances, and cadmium accumulates in the kidneys for decades.

Recent research by Wright found that as cadmium exposure increased, kids were more likely to report learning disabilities.

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-Harvard Univeristy Press