How silver turns people blue

Ingesting silver — in antimicrobial health tonics or for extensive medical treatments involving silver — can cause argyria, condition in which the skin turns grayish-blue. Brown researchers have discovered how that happens. The process is similar to developing black-and-white photographs, and it’s not just the silver.

Issued as a Brown Press Release, the paper was also picked up as a lead story in the November 1, 2012, issue of Chemistry World, the professional and news magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry in the UK, and resulted in a podcast for newsTalk, Ireland’s National Independent Talk Radio Broadcaster.

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