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Bull Environ Contam Toxicol. 2012 Feb;88(2):140-4. doi: 10.1007/s00128-011-0487-5. Epub 2011 Dec 3.

Toxic and essential trace metals in first baby haircuts and mother hair from Imam Hossein Hospital Tehran, Iran.

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  • 1University of Michigan School of Public Health, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2029, USA. mozhgan@umich.edu

Abstract

Hair metal level in newborn and mother pairs from Iran is reported. Toxic metals including cadmium (157 vs. 87.5 μg/kg), mercury (246 vs. 198 μg/kg), copper (14,313 vs. 11,776 μg/kg) and aluminum (52,022 vs. 408,207 μg/kg) were higher in newborn hair when compared to their mothers; suggesting that metals maybe discarded in the fetus as a detoxification method. Comparison with available data from Germany and Poland, and Iraq suggests overall similarities and significant differences in the case of the Iraqi subjects. Public protection from mixture toxicity of metals will be facilitated by studies such as ours.

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