Turmeric's unexpected link to lead poisoning in Bangladesh

by on June 14, 2023 6:00 pm
Stanford Medicine Magazine highlights the work of Dr. Jenna Forsyth and Dr. Steve Luby.  Their work identified lead-contaminated spices in Bangledesh with the help of measurements made in the SIGMA Facility.

Fingerprinting Lead in Bangladesh Turmeric

by on September 25, 2019 12:29 pm
Some spice processors in Bangladesh use an industrial lead chromate pigment to imbue turmeric with a bright yellow color prized for curries and other traditional dishes, elevating blood lead levels in Bangladeshis. Read more in the Stanford Report.

Turmeric adulteration by lead chromate

by on December 18, 2018 12:39 pm
The Washington Post highlights Jenna Forsyth’s work on Pb adulteration in turmeric. Lead isotopic measurements were made in the Stanford SIGMA facility and the findings were published in ES&T.

Stanford scientists solve mystery of ancient American lakes

by on June 5, 2014 12:27 pm
Reduced evaporation played a role in allowing the Pleistocene lakes of the Western United States grow large. Results of uranium and thorium isotopic analyses by graduate student Daniel Ibarra from the Stanford ICP-MS/TIMS facility are published in the Geological Society of America Bulletin. Read More in the Stanford Report