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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Blackened water just won’t wash

Townsville Bulletin 12 September 2014

IT looks like water in a third world country – but this is Georgetown, a small township just 480km west of Townsville.   Photographs, tabled in parliament, show a child bathing in the dirty liquid, which locals say is destroying clothes and linens. The water supply was chlorinated about a decade ago after pathogens built up, but that chlorine was now oxidising minerals and turning the water brown.

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Lead and cadmium found in some chocolate bought in Brazil

(American Chemical Society 3 September 2014) Scientists have found that commercial samples of chocolate purchased in Brazil contain varying levels of lead and cadmium, which can cause health problems, and that those levels are linked to how much cocoa a product contains. They reported their findings, which could have health implications — particularly for children — in ACS’ Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.

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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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