Navigation Links
Women in Coastal Areas Have Higher Mercury Levels
Date:1/19/2009

Study finds increase tied to income, ethnicity, types of seafood consumed

MONDAY, Jan. 19 (HealthDay News) -- Where a woman lives, how much she makes for a living, and her ethnicity may all be linked to the amount of mercury in her blood, a new survey says.

The report, published in the January issue of Environmental Health Perspectives, found women residing in coastal areas in the Northeastern United States had three to four times the risk of exceeding acceptable blood mercury (BHg) concentration levels than women who lived in inland areas of the country. Nearly one in five Northeastern women exceeded this 3.5 micrograms per liter level.

Women of Asian, Native American, Alaskan, Pacific Island and Caribbean descent were also more likely to have elevated BHg levels.

The findings make sense, as certain types of seafood that can contain high levels of mercury would be more available or acceptable to eat in those areas and by those ethnicities, the study authors noted.

Women with annual household incomes exceeding $75,000 also had higher average BHg levels and also ran a greater risk of having elevated BHg levels when compared with women whose households had annual income below $55,000.

The study examined data collected between 1999 and 2004 in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.

The overall proportion of women with high BHg levels over the study period did decline, though. Since the average amount of seafood did not change much during the six-year study, the type of seafood they ate may have.

"The change in the estimated intake of Hg in seafood among women of childbearing age over the course of the study suggests a pattern of more discerning series of choices in the type of fish eaten, without an overall reduction of fish consumption," the authors wrote.

More information

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has more about mercury.



-- Kevin McKeever



SOURCE: Environmental Health Perspectives, news release, Jan. 12, 2009


'/>"/>
Copyright©2009 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Remuda Ranch Reports More Women Seek to Be Thin During Pregnancy
2. Overwhelming Grief From Loss of Child Can Cause Substance Abuse in Women
3. Rheumatoid Arthritis Hits Women Harder
4. January 2009 Mayo Clinic Womens HealthSource Highlights Stroke Symptoms, Personal Health Records and Volunteering
5. Photos: Despite Widespread Awareness, Most Women Still Dont Feel at Risk for Cervical Cancer
6. Susan Lark, MD Continues to Urge Women to Fight for Their Right to Use Bioidentical Hormones
7. IVF Treatments Often Work for Women Under 35
8. Women May Be More Likely to Experience EMS Delays for Heart Care
9. NutriSystem, Inc. Joins Forces with WomenHeart to Fight Heart Disease
10. Economic status affects obesity rates in Mexican-American and white women
11. Ovary Removal Lowers Odds of Cancer in High-Risk Women
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Women in Coastal Areas Have Higher Mercury Levels
(Date:2/11/2016)... Island, NY (PRWEB) , ... February 11, 2016 ... ... has enhanced and updated its hallmark resource, Infusion Therapy Standards of Practice, to ... leader in vein illumination with an estimated 85% share of the market, facilitates ...
(Date:2/11/2016)... ... February 11, 2016 , ... The annual list showcases the 20 Most Promising ... team dedication and commitment to the SharePoint ecosystem. A panel of experts and ... goal is to recognize and promote technology entrepreneurship. , The survey was made ...
(Date:2/11/2016)... , ... February 11, 2016 , ... ... dynamometers and ergoFET force gauges used in physical therapy, occupational therapy and sports ... sensor for resistance cord exercise and therapy, introduces its new microFET Digital Pinch ...
(Date:2/11/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... February 11, 2016 , ... ... coverage results in significantly higher rates of several common cancer screenings, especially among ... in better outcomes and survival rates. , The study,“What Does Medicaid Expansion ...
(Date:2/10/2016)... ... February 10, 2016 , ... Sherly Sulaiman, certified clinical ... of therapeutic sessions to help Los Angeles-area actors cope with rejection, improve their ... series, known as “Mindfulness for Actors and Artists,” has been featured in ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/11/2016)... Fla. , Feb. 11, 2016 PLAD, ... started out 2016 with sales exceeding company targets, are ... have received their trademark from the United States Patent ... Bobby Clark , Chief Executive Officer of PLAD, Inc.  ... of Pennsylvania with two new ...
(Date:2/11/2016)... Feb. 11, 2016  Delcath Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: ... device company focused on oncology with an emphasis ... cancers, announces the engagement of Lars E. ... Medical Consultant. Dr. Birgerson will provide strategic medical ... operations team to help ensure timely facilitation of ...
(Date:2/11/2016)... ENGLEWOOD, Colo. , Feb. 11, 2016  Aytu ... on developing treatments for urological and related conditions, announced ... for the second fiscal quarter of 2016 on Tuesday, ... will review recent accomplishments and provide an overview of ... financial results for the quarter ended December 31, 2015. ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: