Determination of fluoride in human nails via cyclic instrumental neutron activation analysis

  • V. L. Spate
  • J. S. Morris
  • C. K. Baskett
  • M. M. Mason
  • C. L. Reams
  • D. Hunter
  • W. C. Willett
Nuclear Analytical Techniques

Abstract

The role of fluorine in human health has become somewhat controversial. It is widely accepted as protective against dental caries, may be protective against osteoporosis, and has been very conservatively implicated with osteosarcoma in male rats. In this study, we repot on the development of a neutron activation analysis method and its application to the analysis of human nails. We have found that toenails collected in population-based epidemiology studies apparently reflect fluoride intake.

Keywords

Physical Chemistry Osteoporosis Inorganic Chemistry Fluoride Epidemiology Study 

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© Akadémiai Kiadó 1994

Authors and Affiliations

  • V. L. Spate
    • 1
  • J. S. Morris
    • 1
  • C. K. Baskett
    • 1
  • M. M. Mason
    • 1
  • C. L. Reams
    • 1
  • D. Hunter
    • 2
  • W. C. Willett
    • 2
  1. 1.Research ReactorUniversity of Missouri-Columbia (MU)Columbia(USA)
  2. 2.Channing LaboratoryHarvard School of Public Health(USA)

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