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Mercury in scalp hair of healthy Singapore residents.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  3406725     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Two hundred and twenty-five hair samples (150 Chinese, 44 Malays and 31 Indians) from healthy residents not occupationally exposed to mercury were analyzed by cold vapour atomic absorption spectrophotometry to determine their total, inorganic and organic mercury levels. The arithmetic means of total mercury levels in hair were 6.1, 5.2 and 5.4 ppm for the Chinese, Malays and Indians, respectively. Factors contributing to the amount of mercury in hair, including consumption of fish and marine products, use of traditional ethnic medicines, artificial hair waving, age, sex and ethnicity were analyzed. Fish consumption, sex and ethnicity are factors found to contribute significantly (p less than 0.05) to mercury levels in hair.
S C Foo; C H Ngim; W O Phoon; J Lee
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Science of the total environment     Volume:  72     ISSN:  0048-9697     ISO Abbreviation:  Sci. Total Environ.     Publication Date:  1988 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1988-09-15     Completed Date:  1988-09-15     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0330500     Medline TA:  Sci Total Environ     Country:  NETHERLANDS    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  113-22     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Community, Occupational and Family Medicine, National University of Singapore.
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MeSH Terms
China / ethnology
Dietary Proteins
Hair / analysis*
India / ethnology
Malaysia / ethnology
Mercury / analysis*
Middle Aged
Organomercury Compounds / analysis
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Dietary Proteins; 0/Organomercury Compounds; 7439-97-6/Mercury

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