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[Analysis of human hair lead and zinc during various physiological periods].

Authors
  • Zeng, L
  • Pang, H
  • Liu, C
Type
Published Article
Journal
Zhonghua yu fang yi xue za zhi [Chinese journal of preventive medicine]
Publication Date
Jul 01, 1996
Volume
30
Issue
4
Pages
213–216
Identifiers
PMID: 9388896
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Hair specimens were collected from 1,477 healthy persons at various physiological periods in different areas of Henan Province and determined for their lead and zinc contents, to study systematically the trend of their changes, correlationship between them and their intrinsic connection. Results showed hair lead level was higher in persons, except neonates and the elderly, living in urban area than in rural one. Hair lead level correlated inversely with hair zinc level in logarithmic scale during various physiological periods, with a coefficient of correlation of 0.971. It suggested there possibly is antagonism between lead and zinc in human bodies. Theoretical explanation of the above results and the possibility to use zinc to prevent and treat the hazard caused by lead were provided.

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