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The isotopic ratio (234)U/(238)U in drinking water and in hair, toenail, and urine samples from 45 individuals who consumed 0.2-2775 microg d(-1) of uranium in their drinking water was determined using a multi-collector inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometer (MC-ICPMS). The U/U atom ratio in the water samples varied from 51 x 10(-6) to 252 x 10(-6)(More)
A flow injection manifold incorporating a solid phase chelating resin (Toyopearl AF-Chelate-650) is reported for the preconcentration of dissolved metals from seawater, with a focus on investigating the effect of the loading pH, wash solution composition and wash time. Cobalt, iron, lead and vanadium have been used as target analytes with contrasting(More)
BACKGROUND The blood brain barrier (BBB) controls the brain microenvironment and limits penetration of the central nervous system (CNS) by chemicals, thus creating an obstacle to many medical imaging and treatment procedures. Research efforts to identify viable routes of BBB penetration have focused on structures such as micelles, polymeric nanoparticles(More)
The concentrations of eight trace elements: lead (Pb), cadmium (Cd), chromium (Cr), manganese (Mn), cobalt (Co), arsenic (As), bismuth (Bi) and molybdenum (Mo), in chocolate, cocoa beans and products were studied by ICPMS. The study examined chocolate samples from different brands and countries with different concentrations of cocoa solids from each brand.(More)
The (234)U/(238)U ratio in water, hair and nails samples was determined by multi-collector inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (MC-ICPMS) and inductively coupled plasma quadrupole mass spectrometry (ICP-QMS) and by alpha-spectrometry for the water samples only. A correlation of 0.99 was found between the two ICPMS methods and of 0.98 with(More)
Emerging evidence suggests that zinc (Zn) deficiency is associated with depression and anxiety in both human and animal studies. The present study sought to assess whether there is an association between the magnitude of behavioral responses to stress and patterns of Zn distribution. The work has focused on one case study, the association between an animal(More)
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