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Does Consuming Fish Laden with Mercury Increase Risk of ALS?

Posted by Betsey Seibel on May 1, 2017 3:59:36 PM

Scientists from Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H. will present the findings of a study at the American Academy of Neurology’s Annual Meeting in April that links eating fish and seafood with higher levels of mercury to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. Mercury is a neurotoxic metal and the primary source of exposure for people in the United States is via consumption of methylmercury-contaminated fish. The preliminary study published by the AAN suggests that while ALS does not have a known cause, mercury could be a risk factor for the disease.

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Mercury Pollution and Resource Management in Western North America

Posted by Betsey Seibel on Oct 4, 2016 3:45:15 PM

Spearheading a global group of scientists, the U.S. Geological Survey chronicled the mercury pollutants in the air, soil, sediment, plants, fish and wildlife throughout western North America.  Ecologists complied decades of data and studies to assess groupings of mercury and methylmercury.

Mercury, a heavy metal, is organically found in the rock of the earth’s crust.  It can become problematic when people, fish, and wildlife are subjected to elevated levels of mercury in its harmful configuration, methylmercury. 

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