Fish in mom's diet may alter kids' behavior

A major source of toxic mercury exposure, fish consumption appears somewhat protective against a widespread neurologic disorder in children

By Janet Raloff, 17:34 PM October 8, 2012

For pregnant women, diets rich in fish can offer their babies protection against  developing behaviors associated with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, a new study finds. Yet for most Americans, fish consumption is the leading source of exposure to mercury — a potent neurotoxic pollutant that has been linked to a host of health problems, including delays in neural development.

Data from the new study, published online October 8 in Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medi...

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