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Heavy Metal Pollution Creates Autism

...And May Affect Adults as Well! - US researchers studying hospital records in Sweden have discovered that parents of children with autism were roughly twice as likely to have been hospitalized for a mental disorder, such as schizophrenia, than parents of other children. Doctors know that autism is genetic, although it is TRIGGERED by exposure to heavy metals. This new finding may mean that ADULTS are affected by heavy metal pollution too. The message? We have to clean up our air.

Psychologist Julie Daniels says, "We are trying to determine whether autism is more common among families with other psychiatric disorders. Establishing an association between autism and other psychiatric disorders might enable future investigators to better focus on genetic and environmental factors that might be shared among these disorders. Our research shows that mothers and fathers diagnosed with schizophrenia were about twice as likely to have a child diagnosed with autism. We also saw higher rates of depression and personality disorders among mothers, but not fathers."

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