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High barium levels in public drinking water and its association with elevated blood pressure.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  7469488     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
A maximum contaminant level for barium in drinking water has been set at 1. mg/L. This study examines for the first time, whether there are significant differences in mean blood pressure levels between a high and a low barium community. A total of approximately 2,400 Illinois residents in West Dundee, with a mean barium drinking water level of 7.3 mmg/L, and in McHenry, with a mean barium level of 0.1 mg/L, were studied. All other drinking water constituents were nearly identical between the two communities, with the major difference being the level of barium ingested. No significant differences (P greater than .05) were found in blood pressures between the high and low barium communities. Adjustment for duration of exposure, home water softeners, and high blood pressure medication did not alter the findings. The data from this study suggest that elevated levels of barium in drinking water do not significantly elevate blood pressure levels in adult males or females. It is recommended that the drinking water standard of 1. mg/L be re-examined for other possible health effects.
G R Brenniman; W H Kojola; P S Levy; B W Carnow; T Namekata
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Archives of environmental health     Volume:  36     ISSN:  0003-9896     ISO Abbreviation:  Arch. Environ. Health     Publication Date:    1981 Jan-Feb
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1981-04-24     Completed Date:  1981-04-24     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0212627     Medline TA:  Arch Environ Health     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  28-32     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
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MeSH Terms
Barium / adverse effects,  analysis*
Hypertension / chemically induced,  epidemiology*
Middle Aged
Water Pollutants / analysis*
Water Pollutants, Chemical / adverse effects,  analysis*
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Water Pollutants; 0/Water Pollutants, Chemical; 7440-39-3/Barium

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