World report: UN agrees new treaty to reduce harm from mercury

The Lancet (Impact Factor: 45.22). 02/2013; 381(9864):362. DOI: 10.1016/S0140-6736(13)60153-1
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    • "It is well documented that fluoride, as a trace element and nutrient, impacts dental decay and the integrity of bone tissue. In relation to environmental concerns, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) negotiations among 140 countries known as the Minamata Convention, held in January 2013, adopted a treaty on reducing harm from mercury (12). The recommendation to phase down the use of mercury amalgam dental fillings should accompany stepping up efforts to prevent dental caries as well as research to find alternative effective and long-lasting dental restorative materials. "
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