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The human body needs about 20 essential elements in order to function properly and among them, for certain, 10 are metal elements, though for every metal we do need, there is another one in our body we could do without it. Until about 1950 poor attention was given to the so-called "inorganic elements" and while researches on "organic elements" (C, N, O and H) and organic compounds were given high priority, studies on essential inorganic elements were left aside. Base on current knowledge it is ascertained today that metals such as Na, K, Mg, Ca, Fe, Mn, Co, Cu, Zn and Mo are essential elements for life and our body must have appropriate amounts of them. Here a brief overview to highlight their importance and current knowledge about their essentiality.
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Name: Journal of inorganic biochemistry
Essential metals play important roles in the carcinogenic process. However, seldom longitudinal investigations have evaluated their roles in lung cancer development. We aimed to investigate the associ...
Metals are ubiquitous in the environment due to huge industrial applications in the form of different chemicals and from extensive mining activities. The frequent exposures to metals and metalloids ar...
The aim of present study was to evaluate the effects of different pre-cooking and cooking methods on the concentration of toxic (As, Cd and Pb) and essential (Fe, Cu, Co and Zn) metals in widely consu...
Bioaccumulation and human health risks of essential and toxic metals in ten species of freshwater products from Northeast China were investigated in this study. The concentrations (mg/kg wet weight) o...
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Exposure to heavy metals may interfere with basic cellular functions, including DNA synthesis. The aim of the study is to correlate heavy metals concentration in body fluids of repr...
To evaluate the relationship of baseline toenail chromium concentrations to weight loss, as well as the interaction between heavy metals and the beneficial effects of weight loss.
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The purpose of this study is to explore the relationship between arsenic methylation and blood metals in children with developmental delays and its correlation with health related quality ...
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A sulfur containing essential amino acid that is important in many body functions. It is a chelating agent for heavy metals.
The science, art, or technology dealing with processes involved in the separation of metals from their ores, the technique of making or compounding the alloys, the techniques of working or heat-treating metals, and the mining of metals. It includes industrial metallurgy as well as metallurgical techniques employed in the preparation and working of metals used in dentistry, with special reference to orthodontic and prosthodontic appliances. (From Jablonski, Dictionary of Dentistry, 1992, p494)
A group of elements that include SCANDIUM; YTTRIUM; and the LANTHANOID SERIES ELEMENTS. Historically, the rare earth metals got their name from the fact that they were never found in their pure elemental form, but as an oxide. In addition they were very difficult to purify. They are not truly rare and comprise about 25% of the metals in the earth's crust.
Metals that constitute group 1(formerly group Ia) of the periodic table. They are the most strongly electropositive of the metals. Note that HYDROGEN is not considered an alkali metal even though it falls under the group 1 heading in the periodic table.
Metals that constitute the group 2 (formerly group IIa) of the periodic table.