Latest Methylmercury Stories
BioMed Central Cleaning up mercury pollution and reducing prenatal exposure to the neurotoxin methylmercury (MeHg) could save the European Union 10,000 million per year, finds a new study published in BioMed Central's open access journal Environmental Health. New estimates suggest that between 1.5 and 2 million children in the EU are born each year with MeHg exposures above the safe limit of 0.58µg/g and 200,000 above the WHO recommended maximum of 2.5µg/g. While some...
Scientists from California have linked rising levels of methylmercury in their state’s coastal fog to upwelling from deep ocean water.
A new study, published online in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, has made a link between low-level prenatal mercury exposure with a greater risk of ADHD-related behaviors.
A band of consumer groups recently joined together to urge the USDA to remove tuna from school lunch menus following a study that found that canned tuna in lunchrooms had high levels of mercury.
Inexpensive, super-sensitive device detects even low levels of toxic metals in water, fish
A strip of glass covered in hairy nanoparticles can cheaply and conveniently measure mercury, which attacks the nervous system, and other toxic metals in fluids.
Researchers have completed a study which compared the mercury levels of captive dolphins and wild dolphins. Captive dolphins are fed a diet of small fish from the North Atlantic, while the wild dolphins eat aquatic creatures that have potentially higher mercury levels.
If global warming trends are to continue, thermometers across the globe aren’t the only place that mercury levels will be on the rise.
Mercury (element) Mercury, also called quicksilver, is a chemical element in the periodic table that has the symbol Hg (from the Greek hydrargyrum, for watery (or liquid) silver) and atomic number 80. A heavy, silvery, transition metal, mercury is one of only two elements that are liquid at room temperature (the other is bromine). Mercury is used in thermometers, barometers and other scientific apparatuses. Mercury is mostly obtained by reduction from the mineral cinnabar. Notable...