Mercury emissions may be tied to autism rates

04/25/2008 | ScienceDaily

For every 10 miles that a family lives away from plants that emit mercury pollutants, autism rates decrease 1% to 2%, according to a new Texas study. "We suspect low-dose exposures to various environmental toxicants, including mercury, that occur during critical windows of neural development among genetically susceptible children may increase the risk for developmental disorders such as autism," the authors wrote.

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