Good for your heart but bad for your baby?

Hilary J Bambrick and Tord E Kjellström
Med J Aust 2004; 181 (2): . || doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2004.tb06171.x
Published online: 19 July 2004

Risks to the fetus make it imperative that revised guidelines for fish consumption are clear and reach those most likely to be affected

  • 1 National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health, The Australian National University, Canberra, ACT.
  • 2 Department of Public Health Science,The National Institute of Public Health, Stockholm, Sweden


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