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Mercury Levels in Mothers

By Shea, Katherine M.

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Reproduction Date: 2005

Title: Mercury Levels in Mothers  
Author: Shea, Katherine M.
Language: English
Subject: Government publications, United Nations., United Nations. Office for Disarmament Affairs
Collections: Government Library Collection, Disarmament Documents
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Publisher: United Nations- Office for Disarmament Affairs (Unoda)


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Excerpt: I read with great interest the excellent article by Mahaffey et al. (2004), which further describes the characteristics of the 1,709 women from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) 1999?2000 who were sampled for total and organic mercury levels in blood. It adds valuable detail to the initial report published last year (Schober et al. 2003). I would appreciate clarification on one important point: in the ?Discussion,? the authors cited a new analysis which indicates that the cord blood:maternal blood ratio is not 1:1 as assumed by the National Research Council (NRC) in 2000 (Committee on the Toxicological Effects of Methylmercury 2000), but rather 1.7:1. Using the same benchmark dose lower limit and uncertainty factor used by the NRC, Mahaffey et al. (2004) calculated that blood total mercury levels > 3.5 micrograms/L in mothers could be associated with increased risk to the developing fetal nervous system.


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