New research studies have found that consuming lithium-contaminated tap water during pregnancy could be associated with an increased risk of newborn autism development. As lithium levels increased, so did the risk of an autism diagnosis. Compared to the lowest quartile of recorded lithium levels – in other words, those in the 25th percentile – lithium levels in the second and third quartiles were associated with a 24-26% higher risk of an autism diagnosis. Additionally, studies have found a moderately higher risk of autism spectrum disorder in children born to pregnant people exposed to tap water with higher levels of lithium.
Water analysis as offered by Micro Trace Minerals seems warranted during and after pregnancy.
Some countries have high lithium reserves . To find out more about your country's lithium production, check this site.
Les métaux lourds et les oligo-éléments dans le sang, les cheveux et l’urine des enfants nigérians souffrant de troubles du spectre autistique
La région du delta, au Nigeria, est réputée pour son industrie pétrolière et sa pollution ; nous avons donc voulu savoir si les enfants nigérians souffrant de TSA avaient une charge en métaux toxiques plus élevée que celle des enfants ne présentant pas ce trouble et vivant dans la même région. Le groupe souffrant de TSA montrait une concentration en métaux plus élevée dans les cheveux et le sang, associée à un bas niveau de zinc dans le sang ; nous avons aussi déterminé une charge en métaux inhabituelle dans le groupe ne présentant pas de TSA, mais pas de carence en zinc.
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Baby teeth from children with autism contain more toxic lead and less of the essential nutrients zinc and manganese, compared to teeth from children without autism, according to an innovative study funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), part of the National Institutes of Health. The researchers studied twins to control genetic influences and focus on possible environmental contributors to the disease. The findings, published June 1 in the journal Nature Communications, suggest that differences in early-life exposure to metals, or more importantly how a child’s body processes them, may affect the risk of autism.
Maedica - a Journal of Clinical Medicine is pleased to inform you that your article “Toxic Metals and Essential Elements in Hair and Severity of Symptoms among Children with Autism” has been published in the journal’s first issue for this year, in electronic format.
Heavy Metals and Trace Elements in Hair and Urine of Arab Children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD), published in Maedica, Journal of Clinical Medicine. Nov 2011
“Efficacy of DMSA Therapy in a Sample of Arab Children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder”
Eleonore BLAUROCK-BUSCH (a); Omnia R. AMIN (b); Hani H. DESSOKI (c); Thanaa RABAH (d)
a) Lecturer, researcher and advisor, International Board of Clinical Metal Toxicology & German Medical Association of Clinical Metal Toxicology, Hersbruck, Germany
b) Associate Prof. of Psychiatry, Cairo University, Egypt
c) Associate Prof. of Psychiatry- Beni-Suef University, Egypt
d) Researcher of Public Health and Biostatistics, National Research Center, Egypt
The article is available at: http://www.maedica.org/articles/2012/3/2012_Vol7(10)_No3_pg214-221.pdf
Correction on page 218: reference range in table should be listed as < value (not >)
Des chercheurs américains ont confirmé un lien entre la pollution atmosphérique liée au trafic automobile et le développement de l'autisme, dans une deuxième étude publiée lundi dans la revue scientifique Archive of General Psychiatry.
Pregnant women who live in smog-filled areas may be twice as likely to have children with autism, a new study suggests. Exposure to diesel particulates, lead, manganese, mercury, methylene chloride and other pollutants are known to affect brain function and have influence of the development of the baby.
The study was a long-term study starting 1989 at Brigham and Woman's Hospital, 116,430 nurses where involved.
The study involved 22,000 woman who had a child without the disorder and 325 who had an autistic child .
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The health risks of mercury exposure are well documented, and the harms for still-developing fetuses are particularly concerning. Now, the latest study finds that kids who were exposed to mercury in the womb were more likely to show problems with hyperactivity and other symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) at age 8.
A healthy gut bacteria should be the aim in the prevention and treatment of numerous diseases. Concerned parents and patients must still be made aware that microbiological testing of feces MUST be done in a local laboratory, testing must occur within 24hrs or else bacterial growth continues, leading to false high results, leading to inappropriate treatment (and medical costs).
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The toxic metal uptake and release is regulated genetically. About 50% of the Western population is genetically affected, missing at least one important detoxification enzyme. Other important enzymes may be present, but not functioning due to an inadequate nutritional intake.
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Older men are more likely than young ones to father a child who develops autism or schizophrenia, because of random mutations that become more numerous with advancing paternal age, scientists reported. The age of mothers had no bearing on the risk for these disorders, the study found. The overall risk to a man in his 40s or older is in the range of 2 percent, at most, and there are other contributing biological factors that are entirely unknown.
Researchers at the University of California, San Diego, have identified a rare, hereditary form of autism that may be treatable with nutritional supplements, a new study reports.
AFP - Certains enfants avec un diagnostic d'autisme en bas âge voient leurs symptômes totalement disparaître en grandissant, selon une recherche effectuée aux Etats-Unis.
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Autant le dire tout de suite, le résultat de cette étude, publiée le 18 juin 2013 dans la revue « Environmental Health Perspectives »n'incite pas à l'optimisme. Et pour cause, puisqu’il suggère l’existence d’une forte corrélation entre pollution de l’air et autisme.
Children with Autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) appear to be at risk for Zn deficiency, Cu toxicity, have often low Zn/Cu ratio, and often disturbed metallothionein (MT) system functioning. The evidence presented in this paper suggests that providing Zn to autistic children may be an important component of a treatment protocol, especially in children with Zn deficiency. It is important to monitor and follow the values for both Cu and Zn together during Zn therapy, because these two trace elements are both antagonists in function, and essential for living cells.
Artificially stimulating labor is associated with a slightly higher risk of autism, but researchers caution that the link may be complicated.
In a study published in the journal JAMA Pediatrics, women who needed to jump-start their labor or artificially speed up delivery were up to 23% more likely to have children diagnosed with autism than those who didn’t avail themselves of these methods.