Human Health and effects of heavy metals

International Journal of Applied Chemistry
© 2018 by SSRG - IJAC Journal
Volume 5 Issue 1
Year of Publication : 2018
Authors : Dr. Neelam Kushwaha, Dr. Vinita Rajeev, Dr. Sibi Jose
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Dr. Neelam Kushwaha, Dr. Vinita Rajeev, Dr. Sibi Jose, "Human Health and effects of heavy metals," SSRG International Journal of Applied Chemistry, vol. 5,  no. 1, pp. 4-5, 2018. Crossref,


Heavy metal pollution is one of the most serious environmental problem in India and a large number of people are affected by heavy metal pollution. Heavy metals are naturally occurring elements that have a high atomic weight & a density at least 5 times greater than that of water their toxicity depends on several factors including the dose, route of exposure & chemical species as well as the age, gender, genetics & nutritional status of exposed individuals. Arsenic, cadmium, chromium, lead & mercury rank among the metallic elements which are considered as systemic toxicants that are known to induce multiple organ damage, even at lower levels of exposure, they are also classified as human carcinogens according to the U.S. environmental protection agency & the international agency for research on cancer. This paper reviewed the pollution of heavy metals in Bhopal, focusing on the various aspects like sources of heavy metals in Bhopal, toxicity and potential risk.


heavy metals, human exposure, toxicity, pollution, potential risk


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