Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry

, Volume 259, Issue 1, pp 149-152

First online:

Element concentrations in hair of children living in environmentally degraded districts of the East Aral Sea region

  • M. ChibaAffiliated withSchool of Medicine Tokyo, Juntendo University
  • , K. SeraAffiliated withCyclotron Research Center, Iwate Medical University Iwate
  • , M. HashizumeAffiliated withGraduate School of Medicine, University of Tokyo
  • , T. ShimodaAffiliated withKyushu Women's University
  • , S. SasakiAffiliated withNational Institute of Health and Nutrition
  • , O. KuniiAffiliated withMinistry of Foreign Affairs
  • , Y. InabaAffiliated withSchool of Medicine Tokyo, Juntendo University

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Environmental conditions were evaluated by element concentrations in hair of children living near the Aral Sea. Hair samples were provided by 63 children living near the Sea (K-district), and 143 children living about 600 km from the Sea (Z-district). PIXE was applied for the determination of elemental concentrations. The concentrations of Br, Na, Hg, and Ni were higher in K-district, and those of Al, Ca, Cr, P, S, and Si were higher in Z-district than in the other district, respectively. It is considered that these results reflect the environmental situation.