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dc.contributor.authorObeid, Pierre J.en_US
dc.contributor.authorFares, Souha Aen_US
dc.contributor.authorFarhat, Ghada N.en_US
dc.contributor.authorKhoury, Bilal Elen_US
dc.contributor.authorNassif, Rana Men_US
dc.contributor.authorNakat, John Elen_US
dc.contributor.authorDhaini, Hassanen_US
dc.description.abstractMercury (Hg) exposure represents a significant public health concern at a global level. This study aims at assessing Hg exposure and risk among Lebanese young adults based on Hg biomonitoring and seafood intake. A group of 166 young adults were administered a questionnaire to assess Hg exposure and were asked to provide a hair sample. Risk assessment was performed: (1) using the US Environmental Protection Agency Hazard Quotient (HQ) model based on fish intake and previously studied local fish Hg concentrations, and (2) by determining the total hair Hg concentration (THHg) using continuous flow-chemical vapor generation atomic absorption spectrometry. Differences in THHg across demographic and exposure subgroups were tested using t test or ANOVA. Correlations between THHg concentrations, fish consumption, and HQ were determined by computing Pearsons r. Higher THHg correlated with higher consumption of Mediterranean rabbitfish/spinefoots (r = 0.27; p = 0.001) and geographical location (p < 0.001) in the bivariate analysis, and remained significant in the adjusted multivariable linear regression model (geographical location: ß = 0.255, 95%CI 0.121–0.388; rabbitfish/spinefoots consumption: ß = 0.016, 95%CI 0.004–0.027). No significant correlations were found between HQ and THHg. In conclusion, this is the first study examining hair Hg levels and fish consumption in a young adult Lebanese population. Our findings constitute valuable baseline data for a local fish advisory and Hg monitoring.en_US
dc.format.extent8 p.en_US
dc.subjectHair mercury concentrationsen_US
dc.subjectFish consumptionen_US
dc.subjectLebanese youthen_US
dc.subject.lcshRisk assessmenten_US
dc.titleMercury health risk assessment among a young adult Lebanese populationen_US
dc.typeJournal Articleen_US
dc.contributor.affiliationDepartment of Chemistryen_US
dc.contributor.affiliationDepartment of Public Healthen_US
dc.contributor.affiliationDepartment of Chemistryen_US
dc.contributor.affiliationDepartment of Medical Laboratory Sciencesen_US
dc.contributor.affiliationDepartment of Medical Laboratory Sciencesen_US
dc.relation.ispartoftextJournal of environmental science and pollution researchen_US
dc.provenance.recordsourceOliben_US of Arts and Sciences- of Arts and Sciences- of Health Sciences-
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