Heavy metals: Cd, Pb, and Hg in the hair of autistic children

Kohar, Indrajati and Robert, Michel and Churlaud, Carine and Kolombo, Mulumba (2007) Heavy metals: Cd, Pb, and Hg in the hair of autistic children. In: Proceeding of International Conference Improving the Quality of Human Life : Multidisciplinary Approach on Strategic Relevance fo Urban Issues. University of Surabaya, Surabaya, pp. 160-166.

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Even though autism has been known since a long time ago, the prevalence of autism has become more and more intense; also in Indonesia. It has been a major and social concern around the world. One of the concerns is the contamination of mercury in the children, especially through the vaccination which contains mercury as the preservative. Based on the pros and cons of these issues, a preliminary study has been conducted to analyze the heavy metals contents in the hair of autistic children. It was found out that the concentration of Cd, Hg and Pb in 14 subjects of autistic children were varied from undetectable up to 0.71; 0.30 - 5.75 and 3.1 - 25.3 0g/g of hair respectively. While the hair of non-autistic children and adults showed that the content of mercury in some of the autistic's hair was less than those in the non-autistics; on the other hand, the Pb content mostly was higher in the autistic children's hair. These findings could also propose that the heavy metals pollution is of growing concern to even the young children.This study is conducted to give some insights on the effect of heavy metals contamination in young children, and when necessary will be used as the basic of other continuing studies.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Heavy metals, children ,autism
Subjects: Q Science > Q Science (General)
Q Science > QD Chemistry
Divisions: Faculty of Pharmacy > Department of Pharmacy
Depositing User: Eko Setiawan 194014
Date Deposited: 16 Jan 2013 08:04
Last Modified: 16 Jan 2013 08:04
URI: http://repository.ubaya.ac.id/id/eprint/2916

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