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Participants needed for metals study

Wednesday, 07 September 2011

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Edith Cowan University (ECU) researchers are seeking non-smoking women aged 50 or above to take part in a study examining how exposure to metals, such as lead and cadmium, may effect a person’s health.

The study will investigate the exposure of older women to metals and to determine whether there is any relationship between metals exposure, bone density and kidney function.

Participants will be required to:

  • attend ECU’s Health and Wellness Institute (Joondalup Campus) on one occasion to have a bone density scan and to have a blood sample taken;
  • provide a urine sample; and
  • complete a questionnaire and a one day diet diary.

Blood and urine samples will be analysed for a range of metals and also for markers of bone and kidney health. Individual results and feedback will be provided to all participants.

ECU School of Natural Sciences Research Fellow, Dr Anna Callan, said the research will help to determine the extent to which older women are exposed to metals and importantly, whether the level of exposure is putting them at increased risk of health effects.

“International research is beginning to suggest that for certain metals such as lead or cadmium, continual amounts of low level exposure may be associated with decreased bone density and an increased risk of osteoporotic fracture. It may also affect the function of the kidneys,” Dr Callan said.

“There are few studies of metals exposure and health in the general Australian community and to our knowledge this is the first to focus specifically on older women.”

Interested participants are asked to contact:

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