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The Mt. Diwata study on the Philippines 1999--assessing mercury intoxication of the population by small scale gold mining.
The poor correlation between the Hg concentration in the biomonitors to classic clinical signs of chronic Hg intoxication may be explained by several factors: Hg in blood, urine and hair do not adequately monitor the HG burden of the target tissues, especially the brain.
Mercury as a serious health hazard for children in gold mining areas.
Since in over 50 countries children live in small-scale gold mining areas and are exposed in a similar way to mercury, immediate action is needed to reduce this severe chemical health hazard for children.
Mercury in human colostrum and early breast milk. Its dependence on dental amalgam and other factors.
The comparison of Hg-M in breast and formula milk, the relatively moderate Hg burden in both kinds of milk, and the multiple manifest advantages of breast feeding speak against any limitation of nursing, even for mothers with a large number of dental amalgam fillings.
Mercury burden of human fetal and infant tissues
The toxicological relevance of the unexpected high Hg-K of older infants from mothers with higher numbers of dental amalgam fillings is discussed.
Mercury in breast milk - a health hazard for infants in gold mining areas?
Further systematic research of mercury in breast milk from small-scale gold mining areas is needed to increase the knowledge about the bio-transfer of mercury from mercury vapour-exposed mothers passing through breast milk to the breast-fed infant.
Health assessment of artisanal gold miners in Indonesia.
The diagnosis of chronic mercury intoxication was made for highly burdened workers (amalgam smelters) in 55% in Sulawesi and in 62% in Kalimantan and the general population in the mining areas were also intoxicated to a high percentage.
Lead burden in prehistorical, historical and modern human bones.
  • G. Drasch
  • Chemistry, Medicine
    The Science of the total environment
  • 1 August 1982
It is concluded that only the series "prehistorical Teutons" may be exposed to levels which are relevant to postmortem changes and the present body burden for lead in germany is about 20 times greater than this "physiological zero point".
Increased blood mercury levels in patients with Alzheimer's disease
Elevated blood levels of mercury in AD are demonstrated, and it is suggested that this increase of mercury levels is associated with high CSF levels of Aβ, whereas tau levels were unrelated.
Health assessment of artisanal gold miners in Tanzania.
Mercury concentrations in the bio-monitors urine, blood and hair indicated that mainly elemental mercury vapor contributed to the high body burden of the artisanal miners in Tanzania.
Polymorphisms in Genes Encoding Potential Mercury Transporters and Urine Mercury Concentrations in Populations Exposed to Mercury Vapor from Gold Mining
SNPs in putative Hg-transporter genes may influence U-Hg concentrations in all populations, though differences were not statistically significant in most cases.