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Tests find youth lead poisoning declining in Detroit enclave

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HIGHLAND PARK, Mich. (AP) -

Historic data show that a recent report saying 1 in 7 children tested positive for lead poisoning two years ago in the Detroit enclave of Highland Park still represents an improvement over previous years.

The Detroit News reports that about 14 percent of Highland Park children who had their blood tested revealed elevated lead levels in 2016, compared with nearly 38 percent in 2008.

The state's Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program released its 2016 data report last month. The report says Michigan's elevated blood lead levels have declined more than 42 percent since 1998, but exposure continues to endanger children living in the state's older urban communities.

Experts say high blood lead levels can lead to developmental problems, behavioral disorders and learning difficulties.

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