Does methylmercury have a role in causing developmental disabilities in children?

  title={Does methylmercury have a role in causing developmental disabilities in children?},
  author={Gary J Myers and Philip Davidson},
  journal={Environmental Health Perspectives},
  pages={413 - 420}
Methylmercury (MeHg) is a potent neurotoxin that in high exposures can cause mental retardation, cerebral palsy, and seizures. The developing brain appears particularly sensitive to MeHg. Exposure levels in pregnant experimental animals that do not result in detectable signs or symptoms in the mother can adversely affect the offspring's development. Studies of human poisonings suggest this may also occur in humans. Human exposure to MeHg is primarily dietary through the consumption of fish… CONTINUE READING
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