Environmental Heavy Metal Pollution and Effects on Child Mental Development

Risk Assessment and Prevention Strategies

  • Lubomir I. Simeonov
  • Mihail V. Kochubovski
  • Biana G. Simeonova
Conference proceedings

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Vasile Oros, Simona Roman, Mirela Coman, Anca Diana Oros
    Pages 101-122
  3. Gyula Dura, Tamás Pándics, Péter Rudnai
    Pages 123-128
  4. Camelia Draghici, Cristina Jelescu, Carmen Dima, Gheorghe Coman, Elisabeta Chirila
    Pages 145-158
  5. Lubomir Simeonov, Biana Simeonova, Christoph Schmitt
    Pages 159-170
  6. Biana Simeonova, Lubomir Simeonov, Christoph Schmitt
    Pages 203-211
  7. Marta Pogrzeba, Jacek Krzyżak, Aleksandra Sas-Nowosielska, Włodzimierz Majtkowski, Eugeniusz Małkowski, Andrzej Kita
    Pages 213-225
  8. Anna Dimitrova, Momtchil Sidjimov, Valery Metodiev, Alexander Spasov
    Pages 245-255
  9. Fokion Vosniakos, Gabriela Vasile, Triantafyllos Albanis, Jana Petre, Elena Stanescu, Liliana Cruceru et al.
    Pages 257-286
  10. Aleksandra Sas-Nowosielska, Marta Pogrzeba, Andrzej Kita, Eugeniusz Małkowski, Hanna Sas-Nowosielska
    Pages 317-330
  11. Lubomir Simeonov, Mihail Kochubovski, Biana Simeonova, Camelia Draghici, Elisabeta Chirila, Richard Canfield
    Pages 331-342
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 343-344

About these proceedings


Heavy metals can be emitted into environment by both natural and anthropogenic sources, mainly mining and industrial activity. Human exposure occurs through all environmental media. Infants are more susceptible to the adverse effects of exposure. Increasing attention is now being paid to the mental development of children exposed to heavy metals. The purpose of this book is to evaluate the existing knowledge on intellectual impairment in children exposed to heavy metals in their living environment and to identify the research needs in order to obtain a clearer picture of the situation in countries and regions at risk, in which the economy is closely related to metallurgy and heavy metals emission, and to recommend a strategy for human protection. In greater detail the main objectives could be formulated as follows: to review the principal sources of single, and complex mixtures of, heavy metal pollutants in the environment; to identify suitable methodology for chemical analyses in the environment and in humans; to evaluate the existing methods for measuring mental impairment, including their reliability and validity; to recommend a standard testing protocol to be used in future research; to assess the future role of environmental heavy metal pollution in countries and regions at risk and its effects on children’s neurological development; to recommend a prevention strategy for protecting children’s health and development.


adverse health effects cadmium children IQ children exposure environmental pollution environmental security heavy metals lead mental retardation mercury

Editors and affiliations

  • Lubomir I. Simeonov
    • 1
  • Mihail V. Kochubovski
    • 2
  • Biana G. Simeonova
    • 3
  1. 1., Solar Terrestrial Influences LaboratoryBulgarian Academy of SciencesSofiaBulgaria
  2. 2.of the FY Republic of Macedonia, Department of Water and Communal HygieneInstitute of Public HealthSkopjeMacedonia
  3. 3.Institute of ElectronicsBulgarian Academy of SciencesSofiaBulgaria

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2011
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Earth and Environmental Science
  • Print ISBN 978-94-007-0252-3
  • Online ISBN 978-94-007-0253-0
  • Series Print ISSN 1874-6519
  • Series Online ISSN 1874-6543
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