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Mercury, lead, and cadmium in umbilical cord blood.
J Environ Health. 2013 Jan-Feb; 75(6):38-43.JE

Abstract

The study described in this article aimed to determine if measurable levels of mercury, lead, and cadmium are detected in the umbilical cord blood specimens collected in a community hospital in Rhode Island and if prenatal exposure correlates with prematurity or fetal growth indicators. Total mercury, lead, and cadmium concentrations were measured in 538 specimens of cord blood and correlated with demographic characteristics and pregnancy outcomes for each mother-infant pair. Lead concentrations determined in the cord blood of Rhode Island women (geometric mean 0.99 microg/dL) were similar to those reported in U.S. biomonitoring studies. The overall geometric mean for mercury concentration (0.52 microg/L) was slightly lower than in other comparable studies. Cadmium concentrations were generally below the limit of detection. A statistically significant correlation was detected between elevated mercury concentrations and racial and ethnic characteristics of the study participants. Non-Hispanic African-American mothers were 9.6 times more likely to have a mercury concentration > or = 5.8 microg/L compared to women of other racial/ethnic backgrounds. No association was detected between elevated mercury levels and adverse birth outcomes.

Authors+Show Affiliations

State Health Laboratories, Rhode Island Department of Health, Providence, RI 02904, USA. Ewa.King@health.ri.govNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

23397648

Citation

King, Ewa, et al. "Mercury, Lead, and Cadmium in Umbilical Cord Blood." Journal of Environmental Health, vol. 75, no. 6, 2013, pp. 38-43.
King E, Shih G, Ratnapradipa D, et al. Mercury, lead, and cadmium in umbilical cord blood. J Environ Health. 2013;75(6):38-43.
King, E., Shih, G., Ratnapradipa, D., Quilliam, D. N., Morton, J., & Magee, S. R. (2013). Mercury, lead, and cadmium in umbilical cord blood. Journal of Environmental Health, 75(6), 38-43.
King E, et al. Mercury, Lead, and Cadmium in Umbilical Cord Blood. J Environ Health. 2013 Jan-Feb;75(6):38-43. PubMed PMID: 23397648.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Mercury, lead, and cadmium in umbilical cord blood. AU - King,Ewa, AU - Shih,Grace, AU - Ratnapradipa,Dhitinut, AU - Quilliam,Daniela N, AU - Morton,John, AU - Magee,Susanna R, PY - 2013/2/13/entrez PY - 2013/2/13/pubmed PY - 2013/3/2/medline SP - 38 EP - 43 JF - Journal of environmental health JO - J Environ Health VL - 75 IS - 6 N2 - The study described in this article aimed to determine if measurable levels of mercury, lead, and cadmium are detected in the umbilical cord blood specimens collected in a community hospital in Rhode Island and if prenatal exposure correlates with prematurity or fetal growth indicators. Total mercury, lead, and cadmium concentrations were measured in 538 specimens of cord blood and correlated with demographic characteristics and pregnancy outcomes for each mother-infant pair. Lead concentrations determined in the cord blood of Rhode Island women (geometric mean 0.99 microg/dL) were similar to those reported in U.S. biomonitoring studies. The overall geometric mean for mercury concentration (0.52 microg/L) was slightly lower than in other comparable studies. Cadmium concentrations were generally below the limit of detection. A statistically significant correlation was detected between elevated mercury concentrations and racial and ethnic characteristics of the study participants. Non-Hispanic African-American mothers were 9.6 times more likely to have a mercury concentration > or = 5.8 microg/L compared to women of other racial/ethnic backgrounds. No association was detected between elevated mercury levels and adverse birth outcomes. SN - 0022-0892 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/23397648/Mercury_lead_and_cadmium_in_umbilical_cord_blood_ L2 - https://medlineplus.gov/mercury.html DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -