This review paper discusses the use of Tellus and Tellus Border soil and stream geochemistry data to investigate the relationship between medical data and naturally occurring background levels of potentially toxic elements (PTEs) such as heavy metals in soils and water. The research hypothesis is that long-term low level oral exposure of PTEs via soil and water may result in cumulative exposures that may act as risk factors for progressive diseases including cancer and chronic kidney disease. A number of public policy implications for regional human health risk assessments, public health policy and education are also explored alongside the argument for better integration of multiple data sets to enhance ongoing medical and social research. This work presents a partnership between the School of Geography, Archaeology and Palaeoecology, Northern Ireland Cancer Registry, Queen’s University Belfast, and the nephrology (kidney medicine) research group.
|Title of host publication||Unearthed: impacts of the Tellus surveys of the north of Ireland|
|Place of Publication||Dublin|
|Publisher||Royal Irish Academy|
|Number of pages||9|
|Publication status||Published - Sep 2016|
|Name||Royal Irish Academy Science Series|
|Publisher||Royal Irish Academy |