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Does thimerosal or other mercury exposure increase the risk for autism? A review of current literature.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  20628442     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
This report reviews current literature regarding the association of the pharmaceutical preservative thimerosal and other mercury exposures with the risk for autism. The evidence presented here does not support a causal association between autism and mercury exposure from the preservative thimerosal. The risk for autism from other mercury exposures such as from dental amalgam restorations or environmental mercury release into the atmosphere is ambiguous. Since mercury is a known neurotoxin, more research should be done to ensure that mercury exposure from any source does not contribute to autism.
Stephen T Schultz
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Acta neurobiologiae experimentalis     Volume:  70     ISSN:  1689-0035     ISO Abbreviation:  Acta Neurobiol Exp (Wars)     Publication Date:  2010  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-07-14     Completed Date:  2010-12-27     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  1246675     Medline TA:  Acta Neurobiol Exp (Wars)     Country:  Poland    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  187-95     Citation Subset:  IM    
University of Texas, Health Science School, San Antonio, TX, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Autistic Disorder / chemically induced*,  epidemiology
Environmental Exposure / adverse effects
Great Britain
Immunization / adverse effects
Mercury / analysis,  metabolism,  toxicity*
Mercury Poisoning / epidemiology,  metabolism
Preservatives, Pharmaceutical / adverse effects
Thimerosal / adverse effects*
United States
Vaccines / adverse effects*
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Preservatives, Pharmaceutical; 0/Vaccines; 54-64-8/Thimerosal; 7439-97-6/Mercury

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