On September 25, UNICEF and Columbia University’s department of epidemiology will cosponsor a symposium on global childhood disability. Speakers will include Autism Speaks Senior Vice President for Scientific Affairs Andy Shih.
A new study found no increased risk of autism associated with mothers eating large amounts of mercury-contaminated fish during pregnancy. The researchers tracked the development of children born to Seychelles Islanders, who tend to eat relatively large amounts mercury-contaminated fish. They looked for any link between autism behaviors in the children and mercury levels in the mothers. They found none.