There’s a long article on the Scientific American website about lead exposure and stress as causes for health issues in poor children; a Worcester family is profiled:
When doctors told Wanda Ford her 2-year-old son had lead poisoning, she never suspected that the backyard in her low-income neighborhood was the likely culprit.
Ford knew that exposure to the heavy metal could be dangerous. So when she and her husband moved into the Lower Lincoln Street neighborhood, Ford, then pregnant, took steps to make sure their 100-year-old home was lead-free.
“We never thought to test the soil – my son played in the backyard all the time,” said Ford, whose son is now seven.
There’s a nice mention of Worcester Roots Project at the end of the article.