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Predictors of blood mercury levels in older urban residents.

Authors
Latshaw-MW; Glass-T; Parsons-P; Hidalgo-J; Schwartz-B
Source
J Occup Environ Med 2006 Jul; 48(7):715-722
NIOSHTIC No.
20037667
Abstract
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.
Keywords
Mercury-compounds; Humans; Men; Women; Blood-samples; Blood-analysis; Kinetics; Age-groups; Mercury-poisoning
Contact
Megan Weil Latshaw, PhD, MHS, Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, 1275 K Street NW, Suite 800, Washington, DC 20005-4006
CODEN
JOEMFM
CAS No.
7439-97-6
Publication Date
20060701
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
mweil@jhsph.edu
Funding Type
Grant
Fiscal Year
2006
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Grant-Number-T42-CCT-310419; Grant-Number-T42-OH-008428
Issue of Publication
7
ISSN
1076-2752
Source Name
Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
State
MD; DC; NY
Performing Organization
Johns Hopkins University
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