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More research needs to be done on manganese exposure in East Liverpool

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EAST LIVERPOOL, Ohio - A pilot study of manganese exposure to children in the East Liverpool area requires more research.

Tests done last November by a University of Cincinnati team of professors revealed moderate amounts of the heavy metal in blood samples and high levels in hair samples.

Dr. Erin Haynes says a larger study needs to be done to determine the health effects from overexposure to manganese.

"We're starting to understand by the work we're doing in Marietta, Ohio, where we have a large study there looking at the effects of manganese on the brain and the children in Marietta, so we are starting to get a glimpse of that. And then we saw that the levels of manganese in the air here in East Liverpool were 30 times higher than they were near the Marietta area," said Dr. Haynes.

After the new year, the study will look at 150 kids, seven to nine-years-old, who have lived in the East Liverpool area all their lives and whose biological mothers were living in East Liverpool while they were pregnant with them.

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