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Concentrations of cadmium and lead in blood (BCd and BPb, respectively) are traditionally used as biomarkers of environmental exposure. We estimated the influence of genetic factors on these markers in a cohort of 61 monozygotic and 103 dizygotic twin pairs (mean age = 68 years, range = 49-86). BCd and BPb were determined by graphite furnace atomic(More)
BACKGROUND The main forms of mercury (Hg) exposure in the general population are methylmercury (MeHg) from seafood, inorganic mercury (I-Hg) from food, and mercury vapor (Hg0) from dental amalgam restorations. While the distribution of MeHg in the body is described by a one compartment model, the distribution of I-Hg after exposure to elemental mercury is(More)
OBJECTIVES A national reporting system designed to monitor adverse reactions to dental materials was established in Norway in 1993. The activities have also included clinical examination of patients with suspected reactions to dental materials. The ongoing activities are coordinated by the Dental Biomaterials Adverse Reaction Unit at the University of(More)
Three groups of female monkeys (Macaca fascicularies) were exposed to methylmercury (MeHg, p.o. 50 μg Hg/kg body wt per day) for 6, 12, or 18 months. One group was exposed to MeHg for 12 months and kept unexposed for 6 months before sacrifice. Another group of three monkeys was exposed to HgCl2 i.v. for 3 months. Total and inorganic mercury concentrations(More)
The aim of the present study was to investigate whether removal of all amalgam fillings was associated with long-term changes in health complaints in a group of patients who attributed subjective health complaints to amalgam fillings. Patients previously examined at the Norwegian Dental Biomaterials Adverse Reaction Unit were included in the study and(More)
OBJECTIVE AND METHODS In 1993, a special Amalgam Clinic was established at Huddinge University Hospital. Residents in the Stockholm County area with morbidity attributed to dental fillings ('amalgam disease'), were referred to this clinic. Patients were examined by a dentist (n 428), a physician (n 379), and a psychologist (n 360). Sixty-nine per cent were(More)
Resin-based dental restorative materials contain allergenic methacrylate monomers, which may be released into saliva after restorative treatment. Monomers from resin-based composite materials have been demonstrated in saliva in vitro; however, studies analyzing saliva after restorative therapy are scarce. The aim of this study was to quantify methacrylate(More)
Concentration of mercury and selenium were analyzed in tissue fractions of human kidney cortex samples from seven autopsy cases. Total mercury content ranged between 0.3–9.0 nmol Hg/g wet wt. Between 27–61% of the total mercury was found in the 105,000g supernatant of the tissue homogenate from six cases. In kidney cortex from the seventh case, a deceased(More)