BLENCA2 - English
In the BLENCA2 study, blood from preschool children in the Goslar district is tested for lead content and their parents are interviewed. The aim is to find out how the children of the district can be better protected from lead.
Mining was carried out for many decades in the Goslar district, as a result of which the soil is contaminated with metals such as lead. Elevated levels of lead in the blood pose a potential health risk to children. A study conducted in 2021 (BLENCA study) in the Oker and Harlingerode municipalities of the Goslar district showed significantly elevated lead levels in children compared to the German reference population. The BLENCA2 study is now investigating the spatial distribution of elevated lead levels in children in the Goslar district, and establishing which intake pathways for elevated lead levels can be identified. In addition, possible correlations between lead levels and the children's concentration abilities will be investigated.
All children who participate in the 2023/24 school entry examination in the Goslar district can take part in the BLENCA2 study, irrespective of their health status. Children from all communities in the district are welcome and their participation is important for the reliability of the results. For more information on how to participate, please see the information materials.
Participating working groups: Analytics and Monitoring; Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology & Net-Teaching
District of Goslar (Lower Saxony, Germany)
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