Trace metal content of maternal and neonate hair.
Baumslag-N; Yeager-D; Levin-L; Petering-HG
Arch Environ Health 1974 Oct; 29(4):186-191
The trace metals zinc, copper, iron, and lead are found through atomic absorption spectrophotometry in greater concentrations in the hair of newborn infants than in the hair of the mothers, with significant correlation being found between maternal copper and infant lead. Generally, metal levels decrease in the mothers' hair with age. A higher concentration of lead is found for black subjects than for white subjects. The results are considered indicative of maternal transfer of the metals, with the need cited for screening of certain populations during pregnancy for taking corrective measures.
NIOSH-Publication; NIOSH-Grant; Environmental-contaminants; Trace-analysis; Heavy-metals; Analytical-methods; Dietary-factors
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