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The scalp hair has been suggested as a potentially valuable tissue, where short-term variation are averged out. Besides, hair has been demonstrated to be a major vehicle for the excretion of toxic metals, which concentration may be to 10 times higher than the amount found in blood or urine. Undoubtedly, hair analysis is a non-invasive method of diagnosis. The content of metals in hair depends on many factors. Hair samples (N = 416) were collected between the years 2003 and 2004 from Middle Pomerania (north Poland) population. Cu was determined by the electro-thermal graphite furnance AAS method. Hair from Middle Pomerania people contented in average 12.7 μg g-1 (range 5.2-32.0 μg g-1). The level of copper in hair was the function of age, sex, obesity, nutrition and disease, but was not the function of stature and weight. The obtained results were confirmed in comparison with the findings of other authors. Hair analysis might soon become a powerful diagnostic tool in monitoring of environmental exposure and studying the nutritional status of individuals.
Key words: copper, human hair, age, sex, obesity, nutrition, disease, stature, weight