With the development of modern society and expansion of world population, the environmental pollution and chemical toxicity becomes a hot topic in public health researches. “Heavy metal” is used for a group of elements that have particular weight characteristics. They are on the "heavier" end of the periodic table of elements. Some heavy metals – such as cobalt, copper, iron, manganese, molybdenum, vanadium, strontium, and zinc – are essential to health in trace amounts. But heavy metals may also be toxic for both wildlife and humans under certain circumstances. Many adverse health effects of heavy metals have been known for a long time, but exposure to heavy metals continues, especially in less developed countries.
As a reflection of a rapidly growing interest/appreciation of heavy metal research, the American Journal of Public Health Research would like to publish a special issue dedicated to provide up-to-date knowledge about heavy metals and public health.
In order to develop the remediation and management strategy and provide guidelines to avoid heavy metal exposures, and identify the data and knowledge gaps that need to be filled by future research and monitoring, this special issue of the American Journal of Public Health Research calls on authors to submit original research and specific reviews that improves the current understanding of heavy metals in public health.
About the issue
The topics of this special issue include, but are not limited to:
- Effects of heavy metals on plant seeds
- Strategies to overcome heavy metal stress by plants
- Heavy metals and food sources
- Heavy metals and chronicle diseases
- Heavy metals and neurotoxicity
- Heavy metals and metabolic changes
- Heavy metals and pregnancy
- Heavy metals and cancer risk
- Nutritional assessment and heavy metal
- Biochemical assessment of heavy metal content in the body
- Molecular mechanisms of heavy metal transport
Submission Deadline: June 01, 2014
Notification of Acceptance: August 01, 2014
Final Version Due: September 01, 2014
Special Issue Publishing Date: October 01, 2014
Chief Guest Editor
Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU)
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