U-M studies find contaminated Flint water likely impacted the health of adults, not just children

In late 2015 and 2016, a number of studies and media reports focused on the public health crisis in Flint, in which lead from aging pipes leached into the city’s water supply. Much of the emphasis was on lead poisoning in children.

A new set of studies conducted by a community-university research partnership shows the impact of the tainted tap water on the physical and mental health of the city’s adults.

The three studies, led by Daniel J. Kruger, a faculty associate at U-M’s Population Studies Center, examined the relationship between the tap water and sleep quality, as well as the impact of the crisis on physical and mental health.

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