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Date:1/4/2008

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A study carried out by researchers from the Department of Radiology and Physical Medicine of the University of Granada, in collaboration with the Andalusian School of Public Health (Escuela Andaluza de Salud Pblica), found that 100% of Spaniards analyzed had at least one kind of persistent organic compound (POCs), substances internationally classified as potentially harmful to ones health, in their bodies. These substances enter the body trough food, water or even air. All of them tend to accumulate in human adipose tissue and easily enter into the organism through the aforementioned mediums.

The study, conceived by Juan Pedro Arrebola Moreno and directed by professors Piedad Martn Olmedo, Nicols Olea Serrano and Mariana F. Fernndez Cabrera, measured the contamination levels of some persistent organic compounds (POCs) in a sample of the adult population from two areas, an urban one (Granada capital city) and a semi-rural one (Motril), and intended to find the determining factors associated with such levels: diet, lifestyle, activities or residence.

A total of 387 adults, from both sexes, were volunteers for surgeries in hospitals taking part in the study (Santa Ana de Motril and San Cecilio de Granada Hospitals). Once the volunteers had given consent, a sample of their human adipose tissue (fat) was taken during surgery and they answered a questionnaire about their place of residence, lifestyle, eating habits and activities throughout their life.

Analysis of 6 POCs

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Contact: Juan Pedro Arrebola Moreno
juanpe000@hotmail.com
34-636-380-300
Universidad de Granada
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