Analysis of heavy-metal-mediated disease and development of a novel remediation system based on fieldwork and experimental research

Ichiro Yajima, Cunchao Zou, Xiang Li, Chizuru Nakano, Yasuhiro Omata, Mayuko Y. Kumasaka

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Heavy-metal pollution occurs in various environments, including water, air and soil, and has serious effects on human health. Since heavy-metal pollution in drinking water causes various diseases including skin cancer, it has become a global problem worldwide. However, there is limited information on the mechanism of development of heavy-metal-mediated disease. We performed both fieldwork and experimental studies to elucidate the levels of heavy-metal pollution and mechanisms of development of heavy-metal-related disease and to develop a novel remediation system. Our fieldwork in Bangladesh, Vietnam and Malaysia demonstrated that drinking well water in these countries was polluted with high concentrations of several heavy metals including arsenic, barium, iron and manganese. Our experimental studies based on the data from our fieldwork demonstrated that these heavy metals caused skin cancer and hearing loss. Further experimental studies resulted in the development of a novel remediation system with which toxic heavy metals were absorbed from polluted drinking water. Implementation of both fieldwork and experimental studies is important for prediction, prevention and therapy of heavy-metal-mediated diseases.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)105-109
Number of pages5
JournalNihon eiseigaku zasshi. Japanese journal of hygiene
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Jan 1
Externally publishedYes


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