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18 June 2010

Manganese and babies' brains

Babies with either relatively high or relatively low levels of manganese in their blood may be slower to hit certain developmental milestones than other infants.

Babies with either relatively high or relatively low levels of manganese in their blood may be slower to hit certain developmental milestones in their first year than other infants, a new study suggests.

Most of what's been known about the health effects of elevated manganese levels has come from studies of workers heavily exposed to the element on the job, explained lead researcher Dr. Birgit Claus Henn, of the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston.

 
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