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Clin Physiol Biochem. 1990;8(2):70-80.

Distribution of trace elements in human hair.

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Department of Biochemistry, Rush Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center, Chicago, Ill.

Abstract

Scalp hair has been successfully used in forensic medicine, screening populations for heavy metal poisoning, and for monitoring environmental pollutants. However, its use for the diagnosis of the individual for disease or nutritional status has been questionable. This is primarily due to the large individual differences associated with age, sex, race, hair color, hair treatment, and environmental exposure.

PMID:
2361355
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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