HOME >> BIOLOGY >> NEWS
Tree rings show elevated tungsten coincides with Nevada leukemia cluster

Tungsten began increasing in trees in Fallon, Nev. several years before the town's rise in childhood leukemia cases, according to a new research report.

The amount of tungsten in tree rings from Fallon quadrupled between 1990 and 2002, whereas the amount in tree rings from nearby towns remained the same, according to a research team led by Paul R. Sheppard of The University of Arizona's Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research.

This is the first study that has examined changes in levels of heavy metals in Fallon over time.

"Trees take up metals from the environment and those metals show up in the tree rings. By analyzing chemicals in tree rings, we can look back in time years, and even decades," said Sheppard, a UA assistant professor of dendrochronology.

"Tree ring values for the early 1990s for tungsten are roughly equivalent to nearby towns, but go up in Fallon in the mid-1990s while staying the same in other towns," he said.

Tungsten levels in Fallon trees began increasing in 1994, while levels in neighboring towns remained the same. Since 1997, 17 cases of childhood leukemia have been diagnosed in children who lived in the Fallon area for some time prior to diagnosis. Fallon's high incidence of leukemia has been acknowledged as a leukemia cluster by the Nevada State Health Division. (http://health.nv.gov/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=356&Itemid=595 )

The tree-ring study by Sheppard and his co-authors Robert J. Speakman of the Smithsonian Institution in Suitland, Md., Dr. Gary Ridenour of Fallon and Mark L. Witten, a UA research professor of pediatrics, is in the May 2007 issue of Environmental Health Perspectives.

A list of funding sources and the complete citation for the article is at the bottom of this release.

In a 2003 U.S. Health and Human Services report investigating possibl
'"/>

Contact: Mari N. Jensen
mnjensen@email.arizona.edu
520-626-9635
University of Arizona
30-Apr-2007


Page: 1 2 3 4

Related biology news :

1. MIT study: Maturity brings richer memories
2. Variant CJD -- Prion amplification breakthrough brings new insights and hopes for a blood test
3. Extracting eggs from pre-pubertal cancer patients brings hope for future fertility
4. Homing pigeons get their bearings from their beaks
5. Gold nanorods assemble themselves into rings
6. Dilbert of academia brings humor to talk at UH
7. Disorderly protein brings order to cell division
8. From hot springs to rice farms, scientists reveal new insights into the secret lives of archaea
9. $1 million Myers Fellowship brings US research techniques to Melbourne
10. Flying in tune: Buzz brings mosquito pairs together
11. Watching rocks grow: Theory explains landscape of geothermal springs

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


(Date:1/26/2017)... , Jan. 26, 2017  Crossmatch, a leading provider ... new solution aimed at combatting fraud, waste and abuse ... introduced at the Action on Disaster Relief conference in ... point for UN agencies and foreign assistance organizations throughout ... waste and abuse are a largely unacknowledged problem in ...
(Date:1/25/2017)... The Elements of Enterprise Information Security ... of a comprehensive set of business processes and ... identities and providing a secured and documented access ... number of programs opted by enterprises to maintain ... processes and changing policies. However, there are some ...
(Date:1/24/2017)... 24, 2017  It sounds simple and harmless—an ... monitors vital signs and alerts parents on their ... saturation level drops. But pediatric experts argue that ... with no evidence of medical benefits, especially to ... aggressively to parents of healthy babies, promising peace ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:2/16/2017)...   Capricor Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: ... first-in-class biological therapies for cardiac and other medical ... terminate its license agreement with the Mayo Clinic ... "Our decision to return these rights ... efforts to advance our core cell and exosome-based ...
(Date:2/16/2017)...  Champions Oncology, Inc. (NASDAQ: CSBR ), ... advanced technology solutions and products to personalize the development ... of new cohorts of PDX models to their existing ... Champions, product line in hepatocellular cancer, breast cancer, castrate ... non-small cell lung cancer (including EGFR mutation; ALK/ROS1 positive) ...
(Date:2/16/2017)... ... February 16, 2017 , ... ... extended its industry leading Biochemistry Services specifically targeting the rapidly growing needs ... methods for the biochemical and biosimilar characterization , product-related impurity characterization, ...
(Date:2/15/2017)... Inc. (Vanda) (NASDAQ: VNDA), today announced financial and ... year ended December 31, 2016. "2016 ... continued to demonstrate strong growth in our commercial ... Mihael H. Polymeropoulos, M.D., Vanda,s President and CEO. ... milestones underscores Vanda,s commitment to bringing important new ...
Breaking Biology Technology:
Cached News: