Exposure To Specific Toxins And Nutrients During Late Pregnancy And Early Life Correlate With Autism Risk

A new study uses a unique source — baby teeth — to reveal that both the timing and amount of exposure can affect diagnosis.

Using evidence found in baby teeth, researchers from The Senator Frank R. Lautenberg Environmental Health Sciences Laboratory and The Seaver Autism Center for Research and Treatment at Mount Sinai found that differences in the uptake of multiple toxic and essential elements over the second and third trimesters and early postnatal periods are associated with the risk of developing autism spectrum disorders (ASD), according to a study published June 1 in the journal Nature Communications.

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