National Research Program


Relationship Between Chemical Quality of Natural Waters and Human Health and Disease

In recent years, there has been increasing interest and study concerned with the possible relations between the chemical quality of natural waters and human health and disease. Medical researchers recognize areal patterns of health and disease in the U.S. and suspect that these patterns may be controlled by both environmental and non-environmental factors. After excluding non- environmental factors, it appears that local and regional differences in water quality may have an effect on health and disease. Such differences influence the total dietary intake of necessary major and trace elements and the concentration of certain potentially toxic chemical constituents. The objective of this project is to discover and quantify relationships between the chemical quality of natural waters and human health and disease.

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