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Glosario, Italy, June 12, 2019: The research team has published a new study that shows no association of mercury in the drinking water of children with autism.
The study, led by Dr. Paolo Siprata, MD, of the University of Milan, and published in the journal PNAS, examined the effects of the presence of mercury and the presence or absence of other chemicals in the water in 689 families in northern Italy.
The research was conducted in conjunction with the National Center for Environmental Health, a research center established by the Italian government to provide scientific information on environmental health.
The results showed that in families with children with an autism spectrum disorder, the level of mercury was not related to autism risk.
This means that while there may be a potential link between mercury exposure and autism, it is unlikely to be causal.
Dr. Sipraco said, “Our study shows that the risk of autism in children of a certain age group is not affected by the presence in the environment of high levels of mercury.”
In addition to the finding that the levels of the two chemicals did not change with the age of the children, Dr. Sipprata added, “The study also shows that there is no relationship between the presence and the absence of mercury at the household level.
This supports our hypothesis that the presence at the home is not a causal factor.”
This study is based on data collected over a period of time between 2013 and 2019.
Dr. Vincenzo Scarpetta, MD of the Institute of Environmental Medicine at the University Medical Center of Turin, was also part of the research team.
Dr Sippra said, “…the results of this study are significant and important.
As we all know, there is a high risk of developing autism among children of an age group with high mercury exposure.
We now have good information about the potential effect of mercury exposure on children’s cognitive development and learning.
However, the scientific literature on the relationship between mercury and autism is still relatively sparse and there is also still a lack of information on the possible effect of low levels of exposure.
This is why our research team wanted to explore whether there is any relation between low mercury exposure in childhood and autism.”