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A laboratory was established in St Joseph’s Health Centrel, Toronto by staff from McMaster University, Health Canada and St Joseph’s Health Centrel. The laboratory housed a bone lead measurement system and facilities for obtaining blood under clean conditions. The laboratory was on site from September 2009 until March 2011
The goal of the study was to recruit 273 subjects who each had tibia and calcaneus bone Pb XRF measurements, a venous blood sample drawn, and answered a questionnaire. The venous blood sample was split into two fractions: one was to be sent for whole blood analysis; one was processed to permit serum testing. The time available for each individual appointment was 1 hour.
263 men women and children aged 1 – 82 were recruited into the study under a convenience sampling strategy. Difficulties were determined in recruiting girls under age 10. Anecdotal evidence from the nurse recruiter was that young girls expressed concerns about blood sampling and refused to volunteer.
An attempt was made to measure the tibia and calcaneus of every volunteer for a period of 22 minutes each. A measurement was made for every person, but it was found that some bone measurements of very young children had to be foreshortened. Only one volunteer refused a blood lead measurement at time of testing.
Average blood lead level = 1.29 μg dl -1 Pattern is similar to NHANES data
In the 1990s, a series of bone lead measurements of environmentally exposed subjects were performed in Hamilton, Ontario. This allows for the comparison of data from this Health Canada funded study to be made to an urban Ontario group from 20 years earlier.
Roy et al published a relationship of tibia versus age for men and women aged 6 to 81. A similar analysis was performed, therefore, for this study, of tibia lead content versus age in men and women aged 6 to 83. In this study, for this comparison group, a significant relationship, as determined by linear regression, between tibia content and age was found (p < 0.001 for the slope of the regression line).
Individual tibia lead content increases with age
For men and women combined, the slope of tibia v age, in this study was 0.11 ± 0.02 For men and women, the slope of tibia v age, in Roy et al., was 0.24 ± 0.03 The slope of the relationship as measured between 2009 and 2011 is 46 ±10 % of that determined in the early 1990s. Cumulative lead exposure, that is, the sum of lead exposure over a several year period, in Southern Ontario is approximately half of what it was two decades ago.
The relationship means that some proportion of current blood lead is being driven by historical exposure
Current blood Pb = 0.040 (± 0.008) * current calcaneus Pb + 1.17 (± 0.11). Lead is being returned to blood from bone and so the level in blood is related to the level in bone. For this group of women, the average calcaneus Pb value is 7.34 μg Pb per g bone mineral. On average, for the group, the contribution to current blood lead level from bone is estimated to be 0.29 μgdl -1. Endogenous exposure is accounting for approximately 20% of current blood lead levels, or alternatively, the data suggest that exogenous exposure from water, soil, dust etc, is accounting for approximately 80% of current blood lead levels in women of an average age of 44.