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Examples Antimony, arsenic, bismuth, cadmium, copper, lead, mercury; cells respond to heavy metals by upregulating transcription of various genes—e.g., the eukaryotic heat shock system, metallothioneins, prokaryotic mercury resistance gene and iron uptake systems
Management EDTA chelation
Vox populi Metal A style of energetic, loud rock music
heavy metalToxicology A metal that is 5 times heavier than water and often toxic, a feature linked to the HM's tight cationic binding to circulating proteins Examples Antimony, arsenic, bismuth, cadmium, copper, lead, mercury; cells respond to HMs by ↑ transcription of various genes–eg, the eukaryotic heat shock system, metallothioneins, prokaryotic mercury resistance gene and iron uptake systems Clinical General, fine tremor, speech slurring, stomatitis, drooling, cataracts, neurasthenia Treatment EDTA chelation. See Mad Hatter, Minamata disease, Queen of Poisons, Pink disease.
heavy metalany element with an atomic number greater than 20.
Patient discussion about heavy metal
Q. I was told that platinum is used in fragrances for the fullness of the spray. Please tell me more! Three years ago I was diagnosed with off the lab chart levels of platinum in my body. I have no hobby or avenue for exposure other than my work. I have sold fragrances for over ten years. Even the Regional EPA Air Quality person doesnt know where I am getting this. I was told by a health director who made some calls. He told me that platinum is used in fragrances for the "fullness of the spray". Would you please tell me more about this? Thank you!