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Selenium content of human milk: Possible effect on dental caries

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    * Address, Professor of Dentistry, University of Oregon Dental School, 611 S.W. Campus Drive, Sam Jackson Park, Portland 1, Ore.
    D.M. Hadjimarkos
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    * Address, Professor of Dentistry, University of Oregon Dental School, 611 S.W. Campus Drive, Sam Jackson Park, Portland 1, Ore.
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    Department of Public Health Dentistry, University of Oregon Dental School, Portland, Ore. USA
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    * Address, Professor of Dentistry, University of Oregon Dental School, 611 S.W. Campus Drive, Sam Jackson Park, Portland 1, Ore.
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      The concentration of selenium was measured in mature human milk from 15 nursing mothers. The selenium content of the milk was determined by neutron activation analysis. Selenium was found in all samples in amounts ranging from 0.013 to 0.053 ppm. The mean selenium content of the milk samples was 0.021 ppm. The influence of selenium intake on susceptibility to dental caries in children is discussed.
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