Metals Exposure Study in Homes

The Metals Exposure Study in Homes (MESH) seeks to better understand the exposures of residents to metals, specifically children ages 1-11 years, living near the Iron King Mine and Humboldt Smelter Superfund Site in Dewey-Humboldt, Arizona.  The study will measure concentrations of metals in drinking water, house dust, and soil in and around homes.  In addition, we will ask families about their house and their children’s health history, lifestyle, diet, and activities.  Finally, we will measure metals in children’s blood, urine, and toenails.  All of this information will help us determine the level of metal exposure in the household and whether these exposure levels are higher nearby the Iron King Mine or Humboldt Smelter.


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