International Journal of Chemical Studies
Vol. 1, Issue 5 (2014)
Trace element levels in nape of neck hair from local population Latakia –Syria: link to sex and age factors
Author(s): Hajar Nasser
Abstract: The aim of this study was to assess the contents of some trace elements of cadmium (Cd), nickel (Ni), lead (Pb), Cupper Cu and zinc (Zn) in nape of neck hair of male and female volunteers of different ages from Latakia city. The collected samples of hair underwent a series of processes of washing, drying, and digestion then they were analyzed by ICP-MS to determine the levels of trace elements of Ni, Zn, Cu, Pb, and Cd in nape of neck hair of volunteers. It was noticed that values of Pb, Zn, and Ni depend on sex factor that is element levels were higher in female comparing to those of male. But age factor didn't influence on the level of the studied elements except for Pb whereas it was directly proportional to age. It was obvious that the levels of trace elements in nape of neck hair were correlated to gender and age. Therefore hair can be considered a good monitor for different levels of elements in the human body linked to gender and age of person as a source of sample.
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Fig. 1: ICP-MS.
Fig. 2: Sex related levels of Cd, Pb, Cu, Zn and Ni in nape of neck hair.
Fig. 3: Sex related levels of Cd, Pb, Cu, Zn and Ni in nape of neck hair
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How to cite this article:
Hajar Nasser. Trace element levels in nape of neck hair from local population Latakia –Syria: link to sex and age factors. Int J Chem Stud 2014;1(5):27-35.