Lead author from University of Texas to brief media:
WHAT: Press conference and rally on a newly published study titled “Proximity to point sources of environmental mercury release as a predictor of autism prevalence” appearing in the journal Health & Place (Elsevier).
WHEN: 11 a.m. Central, Wednesday, April 30th
WHERE: United States Courthouse Steps, Dallas, Texas, 1100 Commerce Street
WHO: Raymond F. Palmer, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.
NOTES: Dr. Palmer will discuss findings of the study, which used community autism estimates based on school district enrollment records of autistic children and mercury pollution data from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. The study demonstrates increased risk specific to exposure to mercury pollution from coal-fired power plants and other industrial emission sources.
“Based on prior research demonstrating an association between environmental mercury pollution and autism rates, we investigated if proximity to the sources of mercury pollution (power plants and industrial sources) would increase the risk of autism in the community,” Dr. Palmer said.
Parents and children are invited to attend.
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The Coalition for SafeMinds is a private charitable nonprofit organization founded to investigate and raise awareness of the risks to infants and children of exposure to mercury from the environment and medical products, including thimerosal in vaccines. The Coalition of SafeMinds supports research on the potential harmful effects of mercury and thimerosal.
Autism United is an alliance of families and individuals affected by autism spectrum disorders working with professionals and organizations who serve the autism community.