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1.  Windows of lead exposure sensitivity, attained height, and BMI at 48 months 
The Journal of Pediatrics  2012;160(6):1044-1049.
Objectives
To examine longitudinal association of prenatal, infancy, and early childhood lead exposure during sensitive periods with height and BMI.
Study design
The 773 participants were recruited between 1994 and 2005 in Mexico City. We constructed lead exposure history categories for prenatal (maternal patella lead), infancy and childhood periods (mean child blood lead between birth to 24 months and 30 to 48 months, respectively). Linear regression models were used to study lead exposure history with height and BMI at 48 months.
Results
Children with blood lead levels higher than the median during infancy attained a mean height at 48 months that was significantly shorter (−0.84 cm, 95% CI= −1.42 to −0.25) than children with levels lower than the median. Prenatal lead exposure was not associated with height at 48 months. Results for attained BMI were in general in the same direction as for height.
Conclusion
Our study suggests an effect of early life lead exposure on height attainment at 48 months with an exposure window of greatest sensitivity occurring in infancy.
doi:10.1016/j.jpeds.2011.12.022
PMCID: PMC3360798  PMID: 22284921
2.  Association between the plasma/whole blood lead ratio and history of spontaneous abortion: a nested cross-sectional study 
Background
Blood lead has been associated with an elevated risk of miscarriage. The plasmatic fraction of lead represents the toxicologically active fraction of lead. Women with a tendency to have a higher plasma/whole blood Pb ratio could tend towards an elevated risk of miscarriage due to a higher plasma Pb for a given whole blood Pb and would consequently have a history of spontaneous abortion.
Methods
We studied 207 pregnant Mexico City residents during the 1st trimester of pregnancy, originally recruited for two cohorts between 1997 and 2004. Criteria for inclusion in this study were having had at least one previous pregnancy, and having valid plasma and blood Pb measurements. Pb was measured in whole blood and plasma by inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry using ultra-clean techniques. History of miscarriage in previous pregnancies was obtained by interview. The incidence rate of spontaneous abortion was defined as the proportion of previous pregnancies that resulted in miscarriage. Data were analyzed by means of Poisson regression models featuring the incidence rate of spontaneous abortion as the outcome and continuous or categorized plasma/blood Pb ratios as predictor variables. All models were adjusted for age and schooling. Additionally, logistic regression models featuring inclusion in the study sample as the outcome were fitted to assess potential selection bias.
Results
The mean number of miscarriages was 0.42 (range 0 to 4); mean Pb concentrations were 62.4 and 0.14 μg/L in whole blood and plasma respectively. Mean plasma/blood Pb ratio was 0.22%. We estimated that a 0.1% increment in the plasma/blood Pb ratio lead was associated to a 12% greater incidence of spontaneous abortion (p = 0.02). Women in the upper tertile of the plasma/blood Pb ratio had twice the incidence rate of those in the lower tertile (p = 0.02). Conditional on recruitment cohort, inclusion in the study sample was unrelated to observable characteristics such as number of abortions, number of pregnancies, blood Pb levels, age schooling, weight and height.
Conclusion
Women with a large plasma/whole blood Pb ratio may be at higher risk of miscarriage, which could be due to a greater availability of placental barrier-crossing Pb.
doi:10.1186/1471-2393-7-22
PMCID: PMC2148053  PMID: 17900368

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