Special Issue "Heavy Metals and Public Health"

A special issue of American Journal of Public Health Research

Deadline for manuscript submissions: (September 30, 2014)

Special Issue Editor(s)

Chief Guest Editor

Ningning Zhao
Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU)
Email: zhaosciepub@gmail.com

Special Issue Information

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.


  • 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
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Published Papers

Abstract: The presence of copper (Cu), iron (Fe), zinc (Zn), lead (Pb), cadmium (Cd), cobalt (Co), chromium (Cr) and mercury (Hg) has been studied in ten sea cucumber (Holothurians) species in the Northwestern sea of Kalpitiya and Dutch Bay area (Sri Lanka) during October- November 2008 and 2009. The concentration of in holothurians body wall have been found to range from 1.84-9.18 mg/kg (Cu), 5.03-56.68 mg/kg (Fe), 3.68-24.38 mg/kg (Zn), <0.04-4.70 mg/kg (Cr), 0.04-2.29 mg/kg (Pb), 41.62-128.93 μg/kg (Cd), 0.07-0.25mg/kg (Co) and 24.63-445.69 μg/kg (Hg) in dry weight basis. The results show that, according to European legislation, the body wall of holothurians is generally “safe”, although the high levels of iron in all holothurians are noticeable.