Negative confounding by essential fatty acids in methylmercury neurotoxicity associations.

@article{Choi2014NegativeCB,
  title={Negative confounding by essential fatty acids in methylmercury neurotoxicity associations.},
  author={Anna L Choi and Ulla B Mogensen and Kristian Sigvart Bjerve and Frodi Debes and P{\'a}l Weihe and Philippe Grandjean and Esben Budtz-J\orgensen},
  journal={Neurotoxicology and teratology},
  year={2014},
  volume={42},
  pages={85-92}
}
BACKGROUND Methylmercury, a worldwide contaminant of fish and seafood, can cause adverse effects on the developing nervous system. However, long-chain n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids in seafood provide beneficial effects on brain development. Negative confounding will likely result in underestimation of both mercury toxicity and nutrient benefits unless mutual adjustment is included in the analysis. METHODS We examined these associations in 176 Faroese children, in whom prenatal methylmercury… CONTINUE READING

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