Category Archives: Heavy metals / trace elements

Environment and biological, Trace metals and heavy metals, trace elements in environmental samples, trace metals in biological materials.
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Rooting out skin creams that contain toxic mercury

(American Chemical Society 13 August 2014) As most countries try to rid themselves of mercury pollution, some people are massaging creams containing the metal directly onto their skin to lighten it, putting themselves and others at risk for serious health problems. To find those most at risk, scientists are reporting today that they can now identify these creams and intervene much faster than before. They’re speaking at the 248th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society.

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Tara residents want out as coal seam gas mining takes hold

Courier Mail John McCarthy 23 August 2014

“ONE out, all out!” is the chant coming out of the poor community and coal seam gas hub of Tara, population 3000. Several families want the same treatment given to six families who were the ringleaders in a five-year fight against CSG. Those six were bought out by QGC, legally gagged from discussing the issue and moved on.

Queensland Health has found no link between the symptoms at Tara and CSG.

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Heinz infant cereal recalled in China over lead scare

ABC News 19 August 2014

US food manufacturer Heinz has recalled some infant food products in China after a local watchdog said they contained excessive levels of lead.

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Springer launches “ChemTexts –The Textbook Journal of Chemistry”

(Springer 11 August 2014) Beginning in 2015, Springer will publish a new online-only journal called ChemTexts — The Textbook Journal of Chemistry. With four issues a year and 250 pages per issue, ChemTexts will impart contemporary knowledge in all subdivisions of chemistry to students at an exceptionally high didactic level.

New: The first textbook journal, now accepting submissions

  • Publishes current, peer-reviewed texts on contemporary topics in chemistry and biochemistry
  • Offers valuable improvement over typical textbook material
  • Free access in 2015 and 2016

This online journal publishes texts for academic education in chemistry and biochemistry, with the aim of imparting contemporary knowledge to students at an exceptionally high didactic level. Typical texts offer self-consistent treatment of a topic which could be part of a textbook. These are thoroughly illustrated and may also include such supplementary material as animated presentations or videos.

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Lead linked to obesity in mice exposed by mothers

(University of Michigan 8 August 2014) When we think of ill effects from lead exposure various neurologic problems usually come to mind. Now researchers at the University of Michigan say another health impact can be added to the list: obesity.

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Mercury in the global ocean

(Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution 6 August ) Mercury is a naturally occurring element as well as a by-product of such distinctly human enterprises as burning coal and making cement. Estimates of ‘bioavailable’ mercury — forms of the element that can be taken up by animals and humans — play an important role in everything from drafting an international treaty designed to protect humans and the environment from mercury emissions, to establishing public policies behind warnings about seafood consumption.

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Northey Street soil testing finds arsenic, asbestos and lead

Brisbane Times Kim Stephens 9 August 2014

Lead, asbestos and arsenic has been detected during Brisbane City Council soil testing at Northey Street City Farm.  The popular inner-north organic farm was given the go ahead to reopen on Friday afternoon, six weeks after it was closed, but only after it implements a number of measures to minimise health risks.

Independent council testing confirmed there was lead and asbestos in the garden soil as well as arsenic, chromium and benzene in the ash of a fire pit on site.   Queensland Health analysed the findings and recommended a management plan to limit potential health risks.

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