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Neurotoxicology and Teratology

Cognitive Deficit in 7-Year-Old Children with Prenatal Exposure to Methylmercury

Authors: Philippe Grandjean, et al. / Journal: Neurotoxicology and Teratology, November 1997

Summary

Researchers followed over 900 mother/child pairs from the Faroe Islands, a region with diets high in pilot whale meat. Clinical examination and neurophysical testing does not reveal any clear-cut mercury-related abnormalities. However, mercury-related subclinical neuropsychological dysfunctions are most pronounced in the domains of language, attention, and memory, and to a lesser extent in visuospatial and motor functions.