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  • 1 Osaka Prefectural Institute of Public Health, 1-3-69, Higashinari-ku, 537 Osaka, (Japan)
  • | 2 Faculty of Science, Konan University, 658 Kobe, (Japan)
  • | 3 Research Reactor Institute, Kyoto University, 590-04 Osaka, (Japan)
  • | 4 Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Toyama Medical and Pharmaceutical University, 930-01 Toyama, (Japan)
  • | 5 Kobe Women's College of Pharmacy, 658 Kobe, (Japan)
  • | 6 Faculty of Technology, Kyoto Prefectural University, 606 Kyoto, (Japan)
  • | 7 Faculty of Agriculture, Kyoto University, 606 Kyoto, (Japan)
  • | 8 Okayama College of Science, 700 Okayama, (Japan)
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With the aim of indicating environmental pollution effects by heavy metals on humans using hair, nondestructive activation analysis was applied to 382 normal Japanese hair samples (background level). Elemental contents of hair could be determined for Ag, Al, As, Br, Ca, Cd, Cl, Co, Cr, Cu, Fe, Hg, I, K, La, Mg, Mn, Na, S, Sb, Sc, Se, Sm, Ti, V and Zn. As these elements in hair have wide concentration ranges, the differences in concentrations distribution between groups (sex, age, permanent treatment and regional difference) are discussed. A method for hair sampling is presented.