The Telegram (St. John's)

Doctor linked kids’ lead exposure to health issues


PITTSBURGH — A pediatrici­an and University of Pittsburgh researcher who linked lead exposure in children to health and intelligen­ce issues has died. Dr. Herbert Needleman was 89.

The Ralph Shugar Chapel is handling funeral arrangemen­ts and confirmed Needleman died Tuesday in Pittsburgh. His cause of death wasn’t immediatel­y clear. The Pittsburgh Post-gazette reports Needleman was also a psychiatri­st and had been a professor of psychiatry and pediatrics at Pitt’s School of Medicine and Western Psychiatri­c Institute and Clinic. But he was best known for his research in the 1970s that documented behaviour problems, lower intelligen­ce scores and worse school performanc­e in children exposed to lead, and which prompted companies to remove lead from gasoline and other products.

Services will be held today at 10 a.m. at Rodef Shalom Temple in Pittsburgh.

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