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Influential doctors' body adds weight to global mercury ban calls

This article was originally published in Clinica

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The World Medical Association (WMA) has added its weight to calls for banning the use of mercury in healthcare. In a bid to minimise accidental and environmental exposure to the metal, the group, which represents doctors from 90 countries, has called on hospitals and medical facilities to switch to non-mercury equivalents. The WMA specified the following products: "thermometers, sphygmomanometers, gastrointestinal tubes, batteries, lamps, electrical supplies, thermostats, pressure gauges [and] laboratory reagents ". The issue was highlighted as a leading topic of the WMA's annual general assembly, which has just concluded in Seoul, South Korea.

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