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Mercury hair tests reduce maternal exposure

April 13th, 2017 by michael

A new study shows that offering hair-mercury analysis to pregnant women can significantly reduce maternal exposure, since government website warnings are generally not protective enough  and hard to find.  Initially about 20% of those tested had mercury levels that were too high, but 3 months later, only 8% exceeded the limit. Mercury levels decreased by 21% during this period, although the total seafood intake remained the same. One of the report authors notes  that an analysis can be done for about $10, and even after related expenses, the costs are minuscule compared with the IQs saved in the baby.

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