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Sustainability 2015, 7(4), 4063-4077;

Depleted Uranium and Its Effects on Humans

Department of Health Care Disciplines and Population Protection, Faculty of Biomedical Engineering, Czech Technical University in Prague, nam. Sitna 3105, 272 01 Kladno, Czech Republic
These authors contributed equally to this work.
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Academic Editor: Marc A. Rosen
Received: 27 January 2015 / Revised: 31 March 2015 / Accepted: 1 April 2015 / Published: 8 April 2015
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The article summarizes contemporary scientific knowledge of depleted uranium effects on human health due to its use in military conflicts. The discussion covers cases of minimal risk due to external irradiation resulting from the storage and handling of depleted uranium ammunition and, in contrast, important toxicological and radio-toxicological risks of late effects resulting from the inhalation and ingestion of dust particles produced by the burning of the core of the anti-tank ammunition. View Full-Text
Keywords: depleted uranium; human health; radio-toxicological risks depleted uranium; human health; radio-toxicological risks
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Hon, Z.; Österreicher, J.; Navrátil, L. Depleted Uranium and Its Effects on Humans. Sustainability 2015, 7, 4063-4077.

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