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Predictors of blood mercury levels in older urban residents.
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PMID:  16832229     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to describe the distribution and predictors of blood mercury levels in an adult population. METHODS: This was a cross-sectional analysis of first-visit data (2001-2002) on a random sample of 474 subjects from the Baltimore Memory Study. RESULTS: After adjustment for race/ethnicity, education, assets, and diabetes, persons in the highest quartile of fish consumption had median mercury levels 1.82 times above the levels in the lowest quartile, while those in the highest education category had median mercury levels 1.57 times higher than levels in the lowest category. Nine percent of subjects were above the reference dose recommended by the Environmental Protection Agency, which is high compared with that found by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in women of childbearing age. CONCLUSIONS: These findings offer guidance for targeted education and possible new insights regarding the kinetics of mercury.
Megan Weil Latshaw; Thomas Glass; Patrick Parsons; Juan Hidalgo; Brian Schwartz
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of occupational and environmental medicine / American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine     Volume:  48     ISSN:  1076-2752     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Occup. Environ. Med.     Publication Date:  2006 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-07-11     Completed Date:  2006-09-14     Revised Date:  2007-11-14    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9504688     Medline TA:  J Occup Environ Med     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  715-22     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Environmental Health Sciences, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, Maryland, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Cross-Sectional Studies
Mercury / analysis,  blood*
Metallothionein / agonists,  analysis
Middle Aged
Urban Population*
Grant Support
Reg. No./Substance:
7439-97-6/Mercury; 9038-94-2/Metallothionein

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