HOME >> BIOLOGY >> NEWS
Tests to reveal levels of depleted uranium in army personnel

A test recently used by the UK governments Independent Depleted Uranium Oversight Board to detect exposure to UK troops by depleted uranium (DU) during the 1991 Gulf Conflict was developed by a team led by a University of Leicester geologist.

Randall Parrish, Professor of Isotope Geology, developed the test with Postdoctoral Fellow Dr Axel Gerdes, who now works at the University of Frankfurt, Germany, and his colleague Matt Horstwood at the British Geological Survey, using advanced mass spectrometry.

Prof Parrishs team has tested more than 350 individuals as part of the programme, with the result that none so far tested had any demonstrable DU exposure resulting from their participation in the 1991 Gulf Conflict, though the extent of actual initial exposure of tested individuals to DU is unknown.

Depleted uranium (DU) is a by-product from the manufacture of enriched uranium, used for fuel in nuclear reactors or in weapons. It is 60 per cent as radioactive as natural uranium.

Because of its hardness, it has been used in engineering projects, as well as in the construction of military tanks and anti-tank weapons, such as those used in the 1991 Gulf War, in Bosnia in 1994-5, Kosovo in 1999 and in the latest conflict in Iraq.

While DU weapons can reduce casualties amongst the forces using them, there may be long-term risks to the health of those exposed to them, either through shrapnel wounds or inhalation, and risks, also, to the environment.

The test was designed to detect after 15 years even a modest exposure to DU, on the basis of accepted knowledge about the retention and solubility of DU in the human body. The test is applicable even to those who excrete extremely low levels of uranium in urine.

Professor Parrishs and his colleagues work, undertaken to help in the planning of the UK DU testing programme, explored the sensitivity and accuracy of urine tests to measure uranium concentrations an
'"/>

Contact: Randall Parrish
rrp@nigl.nerc.ac.uk
1-159-363-427
University of Leicester
5-Mar-2007


Page: 1 2

Related biology news :

1. Tests may help answer questions about GMOs and allergies
2. Study begins to reveal clues to the cause and progression of sepsis
3. Satellite tracking reveals threats to Borneo pygmy elephants
4. New technology reveals seal behavior
5. Universes stringy birth revealed by young Czech scientist in EURYI winning project
6. Discredited Korean embryonic stem cells true origins revealed
7. New data reveal pregnancies exposed to accutane despite risk management program
8. Innovative research technique reveals another natural wonder in Yellowstone Park
9. Limpets reveal possible fate of cold-blooded Antarctic animals
10. Satellite images reveal link between urban growth and changing rainfall patterns
11. Time-lapse recordings reveal why IVF embryos are more likely to develop into twins

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:12/13/2018)... ... December 12, 2018 , ... New research by Florida Polytechnic University faculty ... and distracted driving, one of the main causes of car accidents and fatalities on ... Kanwal Gagneja , assistant professor of computer science, uses a microcomputer, a camera, and ...
(Date:12/10/2018)... ... December 10, 2018 , ... ... to advance their shared goal of accelerating the development of the Regenerative Medicine ... systems to TRT’s core technology around human umbilical cord perivascular cells (HUCPVCs). ...
(Date:12/5/2018)... VANCOUVER, British Columbia (PRWEB) , ... December 05, ... ... at The Royal Society of Medicine’s Photodynamic Therapy symposium 2018, London, England. The ... and addressed the scientific basis of PDT and its benefits in clinical practice ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:12/13/2018)... FRANKLIN, Wis. (PRWEB) , ... December 13, 2018 ... ... HACCP scope which now includes food (human) ingredient. This has been part of ... Having a Food Safety Plan and certification creates custom fermentation opportunities for MDG ...
(Date:12/5/2018)... ... December 05, 2018 , ... STRmix™ – sophisticated forensic software ... – has been used to convict a Wyoming man of third-degree sexual assault, a ... used STRmix™ to test for DNA on the couch cushions on which the sexual ...
(Date:11/27/2018)... ... 2018 , ... New patients in need of a dental crown ... or without a referral. Dr. Myers has many years of experience improving patient smiles ... and custom crowns. , As a dedicated cosmetic dentist , Dr. Myers ...
(Date:11/20/2018)... ... 20, 2018 , ... Each year Forbes receives thousands of nominations for candidates ... performance by individuals under 30 years of age. The Forbes 30 Under 30 list ... Entertainment to Venture Capital and Science. , In 2017, Visikol CEO Dr. Michael ...
Breaking Biology Technology:
Cached News: