www.nsc.org/library/facts/lead.htm: A basic fact sheet from the National Safety Council. They have a second page, www.nsc.org/issues/lead/ that links to articles and helpful Web sites. It also has a place where you can order a lead dust kit to determine if there is lead in the walls or floors of your house.
www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/lead-poisoning-topic-overview -- A helpful overview on the medical aspects of lead poisoning, including links to specific articles and other resources.
www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/002473.htm -- Another site that offers broad, but helpful, information from the National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health.
kids.niehs.nih.gov/lead.htm -- Information from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, part of the NIH, this site is geared towards the needs of children. It's worth taking a look at their diagram of where lead might be hiding in your home: kids.niehs.nih.gov/leadhouse.htm
www.mayoclinic.com/health/lead-poisoning/FL00068/DSECTION=1 -- A very complete guide to lead poisoning: how to recognize, prevent it and treat it. Includes practical information about what to expect if your child requires hospitalization.
www.cdc.gov/nceh/lead -- This is the homepage for the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's Lead Poisoning Prevention Program, aimed at eliminating elevated blood lead levels in children by the year 2010.
www.cpsc.gov -- Homepage for the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Council; there are links to lists of recalled products, including toys.
And this from our colleague, National Correspondent Tracy Smith (here's ais a list (compiled monthly) of EPA-accredited labs that you can send a dust swab test to; call first to make sure you'll do the test according to the lab's specifications.
Another Web site she found informative: The Coalition to End Childhood Lead Poisoning, www.leadsafe.org