Heavy metals found in baby teeth may reveal metabolic problems that potentially contribute to  attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and autism spectrum disorder, according to a preliminary new study.

The research is in very early stages. But if children with ADHD and/or autism process metals differently, it may be that these metabolic differences partially cause or exacerbate the conditions. Understanding exactly how that process works could one day help doctors identify children who are at risk for these conditions and potentially shield them from environmental factors that worsen their symptoms, experts suggest.

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