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By Linda A. Johnson
AP Medical Writer 

Tests for lead poisoning may be faulty, US regulators warn


U.S. health agencies on Wednesday warned that certain blood tests for lead poisoning may give results lower than the actual level of lead.

As a result, some children under 6, along with pregnant and nursing women, may need retesting, the Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.

The lead poisoning tests are made by Magellan Diagnostics. The tests should no longer be used for blood samples drawn from a vein, the agencies said. Those kinds of blood draws are usually done in labs.

Magellan blood tests from finger or heel pricks — the method usually use...

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