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Ann Nutr Metab. 1983;27(6):488-94.

Manganese in infant formulas and learning disability.

Abstract

The concentration of manganese in the hair of normal newborn infants was found to increase significantly from 0.19 micrograms/g at birth to 0.965 micrograms/g at 6 weeks of age and 0.685 micrograms/g at 4 months when they were fed infant formula. There was an insignificant increase to 0.330 micrograms/g at age 4 months in breast-fed infants. After this age there was a slow decline in hair manganese to 0.268 micrograms/g in normal children at age 8 years and 0.434 in learning disabled (hyperactive) children. This is the third study reporting elevated hair manganese in learning disabled children.

PMID:
6651226
DOI:
10.1159/000176724
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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