Study shows there is no link between mercury and autism - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

10/19/09

Study shows there is no link between mercury and autism

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By Kristin Beerman | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - One of the largest studies to date on the possible connection between mercury and autism indicates there is no connection. The study shows children with autism have virtually the same levels of mercury in their blood as kids who are developing normally. This comes from the University of California, at Davis after following over 450 kids between the age of two and five.

"The type of damage that we know that mercury does does not result in autism, it results in other issues, but not in autism," says Max Wiznitzer, M.D., with the Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital.

Researchers say this is just one piece of the puzzle and now they can focus on other minerals, and chemicals in the water and household products to see if any of those hold clues to what triggers autism.

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