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BMJ. 2007 September 8; 335(7618): 474.
PMCID: PMC1971200
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Military personnel in 2003 Iraq war are free from depleted uranium

Urine samples from 369 UK military personnel involved in the major combat phase of the 2003 war in Iraq have shown no evidence of uptake of depleted uranium (235U), with normal ratios of 235U/238U (the latter representing natural uranium from dietary exposure). This was despite many subjects being in vehicles hit by a depleted uranium round, working in contaminated vehicles, or treating casualties exposed to depleted uranium. The investigators find the results reassuring, suggesting any uptake of depleted uranium in their study sample would be very unlikely to have any health implications.


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