Study: No Link Between Mercury Exposure and Autism-like Behaviors
The potential impact of exposure to low levels of mercury on the developing brain – specifically by women consuming fish during pregnancy – has long been the source of concern and some have argued that the chemical may be responsible for behavioral disorders such as autism.
However, a new study that draws upon more than 30 years of research in the Republic of Seychelles reports that there is no association between prenatal mercury exposure and autism-like behaviors.
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The research is in Epidemiology
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Image: This figure shows some common sources of mercury, the conversion to toxic methylmercury and the outline of EPA consumption recommendations for certain types of fish based on mercury levels. The image is credited to Bretwood Higman, Ground Truth Trekking.
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