Autism and #Heavy Metals Linked through Baby Teeth | GEN

Originally posted 2017-06-13 16:04:13.


Exposure to heavy metals, such as lead, mercury, and zinc, and the development of autism spectral disorder (ASD) has been a contentious relationship, to say the least. While the general scientific consensus is that the development of ASD is largely under the influence genetic mechanisms, there is substantial evidence to support that environmental exposure to various compounds has some association with the developmental disorder. Now, an international group of investigators led by scientists at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and the Karolinska Institute has found that baby teeth from children with autism contain more toxic lead and less of the essential nutrients zinc and manganese, compared to teeth from children without autism.

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