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Environmental health in the Baltic region--toxic metals.
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PMID:  10546807     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Recent reports on concentrations of lead, cadmium, methylmercury, arsenic and nickel in some biological media in populations in the Baltic region are reviewed. In particular, children in parts of Poland, the Czech Republic, and Germany have uptakes of lead sufficient to cause adverse effects on the central nervous system and kidneys. Cadmium exposure is also high in Poland. Slight cadmium-induced effects on the kidneys have been reported from Germany and Sweden. Methylmercury uptake is dependent upon the intake of fish, in particular from contaminated lakes and rivers in Sweden and Finland, as well as the eastern coast of the Baltic Sea. There are some indications of immunotoxic effects associated with the intake of such fish. However, fish also contain other immunomodulating agents. Exposure to arsenic seems to be low everywhere in the Baltic region. There is high nickel exposure in northern Russia.
S Skerfving; V Bencko; M Vahter; A Schütz; L Gerhardsson
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Scandinavian journal of work, environment & health     Volume:  25 Suppl 3     ISSN:  0355-3140     ISO Abbreviation:  Scand J Work Environ Health     Publication Date:  1999  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1999-11-30     Completed Date:  1999-11-30     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7511540     Medline TA:  Scand J Work Environ Health     Country:  FINLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  40-64     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, University Hospital, Lund, Sweden.
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MeSH Terms
Arsenic / adverse effects,  analysis,  urine
Baltic States / epidemiology
Cadmium / adverse effects,  analysis,  blood
Central Nervous System Diseases / chemically induced*,  epidemiology*
Environmental Pollutants / adverse effects*,  analysis
Kidney Diseases / chemically induced*,  epidemiology*
Lead / adverse effects,  analysis,  blood
Mercury / adverse effects,  analysis,  blood
Metals / adverse effects*,  analysis,  blood
Middle Aged
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Environmental Pollutants; 0/Metals; 7439-92-1/Lead; 7439-97-6/Mercury; 7440-38-2/Arsenic; 7440-43-9/Cadmium

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