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Research Briefs: University of New Mexico

Superfund Research Program

UNM Metals Exposure and Toxicity Assessment on Tribal Lands in the Southwest (METALS) Superfund Research Program

Center Director: Johnnye L. Lewis
Grant Number: P42ES025589
Funding Period: 2017-2022
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Research Briefs

  • 282 - Dust from Mine Waste in Navajo Nation May Harm Lungs and Heart -- Campen
    Release Date: 06/06/2018

    Particles in dust from abandoned uranium mines may be damaging to the lungs and heart, according to new research from the University of New Mexico Superfund Research Program (UNM SRP) Center. The researchers showed that exposure to particles less than 10 micrometers in diameter (PM10) from an old uranium mine, compared to PM10 from an area not impacted by a mine, led to increased pulmonary and cardiac toxicity in mice, as well as higher levels of inflammation and oxidative stress in cells.

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