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Thimerosal in Childhood Vaccines Increases Risk of Autism-Like Damage

A new study indicates that exposure to thimerosal, a mercury preservative commonly used in a number of childhood vaccines, can lead to the development of autism-like damage in autoimmune-disease-susceptible mice. This is the first animal model to show that low-dose mercury can lead to behavioral and neurological changes in the developing brain. It reinforces previous studies that have shown genetic factors and environmental triggers appear to affect autism risk. Researchers say cumulative...

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