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accomplished.

Those children whose mothers had eaten no fish performed worse on all the same measures.

Dr Hibbeln says: "We have found that when women had low levels of seafood consumption, the outcome is exactly the opposite of what was assumed by the United States Advisory. Unfortunately, the advice appears to have had the unintended consequence of causing harm in a specific developmental domain - verbal development - where protection was originlly intended.

"We recorded no evidence to lend support to the warnings of the US advisory that pregnant women should limit their seafood consumption.

"In contrast, we noted that children of mothers who ate small amounts, 340g per week, of seafood were more likely to have sub optimum neurodevelopment outcomes than children of mothers who ate more seafood than the recommended amounts."

Gary Myers of the University of Rochester, New York, is a pediatric neurologist who has conducted his own study of fish consumption among pregnant women in the Seychelles Islands.

They consume a lot of seafood - about 12 fishmeals a week - and they had mercury levels about 10 times higher than American women. Yet Myers discovered no link between the metal and their children's cognitive test scores.

Myers feels that the oils in fish may protect against mercury's toxicity, and hence, plans further research to test this notion.
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