Normal concentrations of heavy metals in autistic spectrum disorders.

Citation

Evidence Type: Research (Generic)
Albizzati, A., Moré, L., Di Candia, D., Saccani, M., Lenti, C. Normal concentrations of heavy metals in autistic spectrum disorders. Minerva Pediatrica. 2012. Feb;64(1):27-31 - Normal concentrations of heavy metals in autistic spectrum disorders. - PubMed - NCBI Score: 0.0/0.0

Discussion

The blood of 17 autistic and 17 non-autistic children was measured for indications of heavy metal contamination. The results of the analysis showed that there wasn't correlation between autism and heavy metal concentration.

Strengths/Weaknesses

Conclusions

Strength/Weakness 1

Strong strength: Well Designed Research

This research uses blood tests instead of the inferior urine tests often used.

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Strength/Weakness 2

Mild strength: Industry Independence

There is no indication of the authors being linked to the vaccine industry.


Conclusion 1

The research found no link between heavy metal levels and prevalence of autism. Had there been a larger sample size the evidence would have been even stronger.


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