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2010-10-22 22:58:53

Succimer, a drug used for treating lead poisoning, does not effectively remove mercury from the body, according to research supported by the National Institutes of Health. Some families have turned to succimer as an alternative therapy for treating autism. "Succimer is effective for treating children with lead poisoning, but it does not work very well for mercury," said Walter Rogan, M.D., head of the Pediatric Epidemiology Group at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences...

2010-09-27 17:57:00

WASHINGTON, Sept. 27 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, environmental groups applauded EPA's announcement to propose a new rule requiring dentists to reduce mercury pollution. "Dentists are the largest polluter of mercury to wastewater," said Michael Bender, director of the Mercury Policy Project and a steering committee member of the National Mercury Products Campaign.(i) "We welcome EPA's proposal to end the Bush-era midnight deal allowing dentists to pollute until they enacted...

2010-06-29 02:42:09

Even though freshwater concentrations of mercury are far greater than those found in seawater, it's the saltwater fish like tuna, mackerel and shark that end up posing a more serious health threat to humans who eat them. The answer, according to Duke University researchers, is in the seawater itself. The potentially harmful version of mercury "“ known as methylmercury -- latches onto dissolved organic matter in freshwater, while it tends to latch onto chloride -- the salt -- in...

2010-06-07 09:57:00

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, June 7 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As delegates from more than 100 countries today begin negotiating a treaty to control global mercury pollution, a coalition of environmental NGOs and indigenous nation representatives(i) from around the world are calling on them to curb the rising tide of mercury pollution worldwide. Mercury has contaminated global food supplies at levels which pose a significant risk to human health, and exposure to methylmercury places the developing...

2010-05-26 12:41:00

Mercury Policy Project testimony charges American Dental Association with misleading Congress, EPA, and the Public on dental mercury impacts WASHINGTON, May 26 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Testimony today by a mercury watchdog group charges that the American Dental Association has provided misleading information that dentists are voluntarily controlling their mercury pollution and that the toxic metal doesn't get taken up in fish that people eat. The Mercury Policy Project will provide...

2010-04-23 11:15:00

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., April 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- At the "International Mercury Expo 2010*" this weekend at the College of William and Mary, a mercury watchdog group is launching a new website to counter misinformation on 'mercury facts' spread by industry and groups claiming to represent consumers - but in reality often representing special interests in disguise. The announcement will occur on Saturday, April 24th as part of a presentation by Dr. Edward Groth III in a conference...

2010-04-21 09:35:00

WASHINGTON, April 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A new study ranking exposure risks from methylmercury finds that tuna accounts for over one third of total mercury exposure from seafood consumption in the United States. These key findings were published in a peer-reviewed paper by Dr. Edward Groth III, "Ranking the contributions of commercial fish and shellfish varieties to mercury exposure in the United States: Implications for risk communication," and appearing in the April 2010 issue of...

2010-03-17 16:28:01

The Inner Harbour on the Cataraqui River in Kingston, Ont., has mercury levels in sediment more than two times the Canadian government's most severe effect limits, according to a Queen's University study. "Mercury levels in this part of the river have never been studied before," says biology professor Linda Campbell. "Now we know the sources of the problem and just how widespread it is." Most of the western shore of the Cataraqui River south of Belle Park and above the LaSalle Causeway Bridge...

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2010-03-02 12:16:26

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- With concern over mercury contamination of tuna on the rise and growing information about the health effects of eating contaminated fish, scientists would like to know exactly where the pollutant is coming from and how it's getting into open-ocean fish species. A new study published in the journal Environmental Science & Technology uses chemical signatures of nitrogen, carbon and mercury to get at the question. The work also paves the way to new means of tracking...

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2010-02-11 11:20:00

A study by University of Michigan researchers offers new insight into what happens to mercury deposited onto Arctic snow from the atmosphere. The work also provides a new approach to tracking mercury's movement through Arctic ecosystems. Mercury is a naturally occurring element, but some 2000 tons of it enter the global environment each year from human-generated sources such as coal-burning power plants, incinerators and chlorine-producing plants. "When released into the atmosphere in its...


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2005-05-26 08:49:14

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...

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Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.