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

e causes for the leukemia cases in Fallon (http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/HAC/PHA/fallonair/finalair.pdf), tungsten was mentioned as "a contaminant of concern because it was elevated in urine samples" collected from Fallon-area residents as part of the investigation.

Previous research by Sheppard and his colleagues found elevated levels of tungsten and cobalt in airborne and surface dust and in lichens in Fallon.

The researchers also analyzed airborne tungsten particles from Fallon to determine their source. The analysis found that the particles "were anthropogenic in origin, not natural." The particles were relatively uniform in size, ranging from about 1.0 to 5.9 micrometers in diameter.

Particles less than 10 micrometers in diameter are small enough to be inhaled and have potential to cause health problems, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. (http://www.epa.gov/air/particlepollution/)

The research team's study on the characteristics of the tungsten particles has been accepted for publication by the journal Microscopy and Microanalysis.

Fallon is a community of about 8,000 located in Churchill County about 60 miles east of Reno, Nev. Tungsten is naturally present in soils and rocks in Churchill County and other parts of Nevada.

The metal was mined in the region around Fallon at various sites, including Churchill Butte. Tungsten, tungsten steels and tungsten carbide are used in hardened tools and tools exposed to high temperatures, such as drill bits and the filaments of incandescent light bulbs.

The increase in Fallon's childhood leukemia began around 1997. Heavy metals had been suggested as one possible environmental cause of cancers, so Ridenour and Witten began investigating how to conduct research on Fallon's environment.

Witten approac
'"/>

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:
(Date:8/19/2014)... of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and ... announced the awarding of more than $750,000 in grants ... Challenge. , Launched in 2003, SALSI is a model ... academic health science center join forces for greater research ... studies, with a focus on public health issues and ...
(Date:8/19/2014)... a nearly $40,000 grant from the National Center for ... National Park Service (NPS) and U.S. Department of the ... the energy efficiency and cost effectiveness of radiant barrier ... Radiant barriers are reflective thermal insulations commonly fitted into ... the amount of heat emitted in the direction of ...
(Date:8/19/2014)... Rochelle, August 19, 2014A new ovoid structure discovered in ... clay, contains a variety of minerals, and shows evidence ... resulting melting of the permafrost and mixing of surface ... broad range of analytical studies to determine the origin ... for how this ovoid formed, point to the most ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):San Antonio Life Sciences Institute awards $750,000 to innovators 2San Antonio Life Sciences Institute awards $750,000 to innovators 3UTSA researcher awarded $38K+ to evaluate energy efficiency options for historic homes 2UTSA researcher awarded $38K+ to evaluate energy efficiency options for historic homes 3Life on Mars? Implications of a newly discovered mineral-rich structure 2
(Date:8/18/2014)... Global HIV Infection Drug Market and ... Reportstack. The rate of HIV infection and the number of ... at a positive rate across the globe. It has been ... 2005 to 1.5 in 2013, with the rates for children ... changes in the infection rates has been the improved access ...
(Date:8/18/2014)... , Aug. 18, 2014 TNI BioTech, ... company pioneering the manufacturing and marketing of innovative therapies ... the Company is providing a second notice of TNI ... In making the announcement, Noreen Griffin , founder ... in advance for your participation in the Annual Meeting. ...
(Date:8/18/2014)... , 18. August 2014 Vier ... eine internationale klinische Studie auf, in der ... Linse soll das Sehvermögen bei allen Entfernungen ... Operation möglicherweise keine Lese- oder Gleitsichtbrille mehr ... Namen FluidVision Accommodating Intraocular Lens ...
(Date:8/16/2014)... Laser physicists have found a way to make atomic-force ... detecting forces as small as the weight of an ... The Australian National University (ANU), hinges on using laser ... degrees Celsius. , "The level of sensitivity achieved after ... weight of a large virus that is 100 billion ...
Breaking Biology Technology:Global HIV Infection Drug Market Overview 2Global HIV Infection Drug Market Overview 3Global HIV Infection Drug Market Overview 4TNI BioTech Inc., provides 2nd Notice of Annual Meeting September 4, 2014 2TNI BioTech Inc., provides 2nd Notice of Annual Meeting September 4, 2014 3TNI BioTech Inc., provides 2nd Notice of Annual Meeting September 4, 2014 4Implantation einer revolutionären akkommodativen Linse bei Katarakt-Patienten in deutschen Augenzentren im Rahmen einer internationalen klinischen Studie 2Implantation einer revolutionären akkommodativen Linse bei Katarakt-Patienten in deutschen Augenzentren im Rahmen einer internationalen klinischen Studie 3Implantation einer revolutionären akkommodativen Linse bei Katarakt-Patienten in deutschen Augenzentren im Rahmen einer internationalen klinischen Studie 4Laser makes microscopes way cooler 2
Cached News: