10 - Psych 560 2/10 10/02/2009 12:44:00 An Unhealthy Start...

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10/02/2009 12:44:00 An Unhealthy Start in Life: Environmental effects on development Mercury o Known to be toxic since 1800s o Minimata, Japan: 1950s, fertilizer Human illnesses Bizarre behavior in cats Local seafood was cause o Prenatal exposure: mental retardation, cerebral palsy, seizures, blindness, deafness o Dose-response relationship (Iraq) Mercury in maternal hair Infant neurological more mercury in mother’s hair more outcome in fetus o Faroe Islands 2 week old infants to see if affected from mother eating fish neurological test 50% moms: 3 or more fish dinners per week Mercury: umbilical cord blood, maternal hair at birth 10x increase in cord mercury is associated with a decrease of 2 pts in neurological optimality: translates into gestational age change of about 3 weeks o Fish is healthy? Fish contain long chain fatty acids Does mercury negate positive effects (memory) of eating fish? Study 2005: massachussets
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This note was uploaded on 09/20/2009 for the course PSY 560 taught by Professor Staff during the Spring '08 term at Wisconsin.

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10 - Psych 560 2/10 10/02/2009 12:44:00 An Unhealthy Start...

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