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Facts about Lead Poisoning

New tests confirm that Ludwig van Beethoven suffered from lead poisoning. The legendary composer, who experienced decades of illness that left him in misery for most of his life, died in 1827. Researchers aren't sure why his lead levels were so high, but they have some ideas.Dec 6, 2005

Early symptoms of lead poisoning in adults are commonly nonspecific and include depression, loss of appetite, intermittent abdominal pain, nausea, diarrhea, constipation, and muscle pain. Other early signs in adults include malaise, fatigue, decreased libido, and problems with sleep.

Most people associate lead poisoning with paint chips and toxic dust. But in a case report published last week, doctors identified a more unusual source of exposure, gunshot wounds. ... In most cases, if a bullet has not penetrated an internal organ or caused infection, doctors will leave it in rather than risk surgery.Nov 9, 2004

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