Category Archives: Heavy metals / trace elements

Environment and biological, Trace metals and heavy metals, trace elements in environmental samples, trace metals in biological materials.
Queensland focus.

Thirty children in three communities affected in Northern Territory lead scare

ABC News Nadia Daly 2 September 2015

The Northern Territory Health Department has confirmed 30 children have been found with elevated blood lead levels in three separate locations across remote areas of the territory.

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Fluoridated water coverage drops to 79 per cent of Queensland; only one Indigenous community signs up

ABC News Matt Wordsworth 1 September 2015

Since the fluoridation of water was made optional in Queensland, coverage of the state’s population has dropped by 10 per cent, and just one Indigenous council is fluoridating its supply.

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Annastacia Palaszczuk refuses to mandate fluoride in Queensland

Brisbane Times 2 September 2015 Amy Remeikis

The Queensland Government has doubled down on ruling out mandatory fluoridation in the state’s water supplies, with Annastacia Palaszczuk opting for a lead the horse to water policy, even if she can’t make it drink.

Labor had made fluoridation mandatory in 2007 when it was last in government, which saw access to fluoridated water jump from 5 to 80 per cent, but the LNP instigated an opt-out policy for councils in 2012.

Chemistry subject guide

Welcome to the Chemistry subject guide curated by the staff at Forensic and Scientific Services Library.

In the guide we have provided selected information in various formats on areas of chemistry for FSS staff to peruse. Resources selected for this guide include databases, books and ebooks, journals and links to chemistry reference sources.

Government inspectors hospitalised after gasfield visit

Brisbane Times AAP 10 August 2015

Four Queensland government workers were hospitalised while investigating an underground coal gasification plant at the centre of serious pollution allegations.

Documents obtained by the ABC reveal the environment departmental investigators suffered suspected gas poisoning while testing soil at the site of the Linc Energy operation at Hopeland, west of Brisbane.  One of the workers said he was nauseous for several hours and his blood tests showed elevated levels of carbon monoxide.

An expert study commissioned by Queensland’s environment department, also obtained by the ABC, says gases released at the plant have caused the permanent acidification of nearby soil.

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Secret report reveals toxic legacy of coal gasification trials near SE Queensland town  (ABC News)

Includes links to abstracts from report by Gilbert & Sutherland commissioned by the Queensland Government

Environment department inspector hospitalised after visit to Linc site  (ABC News)

Senior government investigator Paul Bergin said he and three colleagues needed hospital treatment after gas alarms sounded as he was hand-drilling on the Linc Energy site.  He said he spent about eight hours in hospital, where doctors showed his blood showed elevated levels of carbon monoxide.  Includes text of his affidavit.

Hopeland area soil sampling  Qld Department of Environment and Heritage Protection

Study finds association between blood levels of trace metals and risk of glaucoma

EurekAlert 6-Aug-2015

In an analysis that included a representative sample of the South Korean population, a lower blood manganese level and higher blood mercury level were associated with greater odds of a glaucoma diagnosis, according to a study published online by JAMA Ophthalmology.
Glaucoma is the leading cause of irreversible blindness worldwide and a growing public health concern because of an aging global population. Abnormal body levels of essential elements and exposure to toxic trace metals have been postulated to contribute to the pathogenesis of diseases affecting many organ systems, including the eye, according to background information in the article.

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New to CKN: Medications and Mother’s Milk

Medications and Mother’s Milk is a comprehensive reference of medications and breastfeeding, providing up-to-date information on each drug and its relative safety in breastfeeding mothers and their infants. It includes reference data on more than 1,300 drugs, syndromes, vaccines, vitamins, herbals, and many other substances, and their use in breastfeeding mothers, plus information on common cold remedies, radioactive drugs and tests, over-the-counter drugs and birth control medications.

This reference contains all the current science known about medications in this field, with exact data on the degree of transfer of medications into human milk, the effect on mother and infant, the relative risks to the infant, and the adult pharmacokinetics of the medication. Medications and Mother’s Milk provides explanations of how drugs enter milk, their amounts, problems and relative safety of their use in breastfeeding mothers, and the relative infant dose.

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