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Other environmental health issues: Strontium in the environment and possible human health effects.

Ref. mod. earth syst. environ. sci., 797-802 (2019)
Strontium is a ubiquitous element in the environment. Stable and radioactive strontium compounds are used in many industrial processes and find applications in research and medical fields. Although strontium is not regarded as an essential element and does not have any known biological role, it is present in all living organisms. Strontium resembles in its properties the element calcium; like calcium, it is taken up and is preferentially distributed in bone where strontium can have both beneficial and deleterious effects in humans depending on the amount taken up. Radioactive strontium isotopes formed during nuclear reactor operations and nuclear explosions by nuclear fission of uranium or plutonium, and their resulting accumulation in the food chain, is the most significant environmental concern. The ingestion of radioactive strontium, nuclide 90Sr in particular, via contaminated water and food is a major exposure pathway for the population. Exposure to radioactive strontium can result in health consequences leading to various bone disorders and diseases including bone cancer.
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Publikationstyp Artikel: Journalartikel
Dokumenttyp Wissenschaftlicher Artikel
Schlagwörter Calcium ; Environmental Contamination ; Health Effects ; Human Metabolism ; Radioactivity ; Strontium ; Strontium-90
ISSN (print) / ISBN 978-0-12-409548
Bandtitel Encyclopedia of Environmental Health
Quellenangaben Band: , Heft: , Seiten: 797-802 Artikelnummer: , Supplement: ,
Verlag Elsevier
Verlagsort Amsterdam [u.a.]
Begutachtungsstatus Peer reviewed