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one hundred million people suffer from arsenic related health problems : Prof Rais Akhtar

AMU NEWS:   Prof Rais Akhtar, Visiting Professor, Department of Geology, Aligarh Muslim University and Adjunct Professor, IIHMR, New Delhi delivered a lecture at the National Seminar on Recent Development in Geology, held at the Department of Geology, AMU.
Prof Akhtar spoke on the role of trace elements in causing health problems. He emphasized the scope of Medical Geology that focuses on the impacts of geologic materials and processes on the health of human beings. Prof Akhtar said that Medical Geology examines both deficiency and toxicity of trace element exposure. He cited goitre as an example which is widespread in mountainous areas not only in the Himalayas but in the Alps and Andes mountainous regions.
Prof Akhtar stated that Selenium, present in the soil, act as the principal cause of juvenile cardiomyopathy and muscular abnormalities. He said that overexposure to arsenic is one of the most widespread and nearly one hundred million people suffer from arsenic related health problems in Bangladesh, India, China, Europe, Africa and North and South America. He informed that Flourosis is confined in specific regions, including India where the bedrock soils are rich in flouride. Professor Akhtar brought out the association of radio-active elements in soils and cancer distribution, based on his own research on Geocancerology.


Professor Akhtar is also the former National Fellow and CSIR Emeritus Scientist.

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