Hair is an ideal tissue for tracing the human health conditions. It can be cut easily and painlessly, and the relative clinical results can give an indication of mineral status and toxic metal accumulation following long-term or even acute exposure. Different authors have found outdoor pollution phenomena, such as the levels, significantly alter metal and metalloid hair contents. This paper investigates the element concentration variability in hair samples collected from a not-exposed teenager, neither environmentally nor professionally. The sampling was carried out for one week, and the samples were collected from different locations on the scalp. A nuclear analytical methodology, i.e., the Instrumental Neutron Activation Analysis, is used for determining about 30 elements. Some differences have been found among the samplings as well as between the proximal and distal sections. A deep comparison with other similar studies worldwide present in the literature has been performed for evidencing the relationships and the differences due to different ethnical origins, lifestyles, diets, and climates among the different young populations.
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/app11031236|
|Codice identificativo ISI:||WOS:000614998400001|
|Codice identificativo Scopus:||2-s2.0-85100426193|
|Titolo:||Weekly and longitudinal element variability in hair samples of subjects non-occupationally exposed|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|