Mercury exposure may be a risk factor for autoimmune diseases in women

February 10, 2015 4:13 PM

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Mercury exposure may be a risk factor for autoimmune diseases in women

The research team, led by Dr. Emily Somers - an associate professor in the departments of Internal Medicine, Environmental Health Sciences and Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Michigan Medical and Public Health Schools - publishes its findings in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives.

Mercury is a naturally occurring metal that comes in various forms. When mercury enters the environment, it combines with other elements to create inorganic or organic compounds that, if ingested at high levels, may be harmful to human health.

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