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Thank You Magellan!

boy-drawWe are thrilled to announce that Magellan Diagnostics – the makers of the portable point-of-care blood lead testing device, the LeadCare II – has come on board as the very first sponsor of our Lead Lines weekly newsletter.

This sponsorship will make it possible for us to continue to send out our newsletter each week, using the MailChimp platform, which allows us to send to nearly 50,000 recipients weekly.

LeadCare2-338x190Magellan has been a great partner – including collaborating on our documentary film, donating resources including staff time and testing equipment to help us shoot scenes where we did blood testing at public events and “door-to-door” in the New Orleans’ 9th ward.

While we try to stay clear of endorsing products in our work, Magellan’s technology is unique/exceptional, as it is the only blood lead testing system that delivers “instant” results (in 3 minutes) from a blood lead “finger stick” test.  The opportunity to bring testing to – for instance – a community event, and give parents an immediate answer that they can follow up with and use as a start to the inquiry into protecting their children from lead in their homes – is invaluable.

As lead pollution is a global environmental issue (not just a human issue) we also think it’s wonderful that their portable LeadCare II device can be used for animal & wildlife blood lead testing —we’ve heard stories from veterinary doctors about a pet dog falling ill and being tested, which led to the testing of children who were found to be exposed to lead in their homes as well. The work protecting and restoring the populations of the California Condor (driven to near extinction by lead poisoning, as chronicled in the documentary film Scavenger Hunt) is also another important example of the possibilities embodied in this kind of portable, in-the-field, real-time-results blood lead-testing that Magellan’s technology provides!



8 Responses to Thank You Magellan!

  1. Sabrina Radke September 13, 2014 at 7:41 am #

    Amazing. A wonderful company to have supporting your mission and also helping to make sure people are tested easily, win win!

  2. Meghanne Cole September 16, 2014 at 7:52 pm #

    Its good to have a way to bring testing into the community instead of hoping parents are informed and bring their children in.

  3. Kate September 18, 2014 at 4:47 pm #

    As a nurse and a Mother to 4 children I can’t tell you how great to hear this! So many are unaware of the lead toxicity as an epidemic!

  4. Amy Luck December 14, 2014 at 4:25 am #

    Congratulations – it sounds like a great partnership! 🙂

  5. paulee mccormack December 14, 2014 at 5:02 am #

    What awesome partnership! And a great way to inform parents on whether their child may need to be evaluated. My daughter was only checked once at 9 months and not again until I asked just to be sure as she got a bit older.
    Are the tests used in medical settings only or are they available to the public?

  6. vice president December 15, 2014 at 3:36 pm #


  7. Amanda S December 22, 2014 at 10:52 pm #

    This sounds like a wonderful test! I think it is a great thing to make lead testing available to more families and raise awareness!

  8. Kim simon December 24, 2014 at 2:25 am #

    What an awesome partnership.

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