Iodine

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Iodine is a naturally occurring element found in seawater and in certain rocks and sediments. There are nonradioactive and radioactive forms of iodine. Iodine is used as a disinfectant for cleaning surfaces and storage containers and is used in skin soaps and bandages, and for purifying water. Iodine is also added to some table salt to ensure that all people in the United States have enough iodine in their diet. Radioactive iodine also occurs naturally. It is used in medical tests and to treat certain diseases. Most radioactive forms of iodine change very quickly (seconds to days) to stable elements that are not radioactive. However, 129I (read as iodine 129) changes very slowly (over millions of years). Exposure to high levels of stable or radioactive iodine can cause damage to the thyroid. This chemical has been found in at least 8 of the 1,585 National Priorities List sites identified by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

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Source: Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry

See Also

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  2. Hormonal Disorders
  3. Lung & Airway Disorders
  4. Reproductive System: Overview
  5. Skin Disorders: Overview
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