* Foetuses exposed to toxic levels of mercury can suffer brain damage, hearing, vision problems
Dangerous levels of mercury have been found in women of reproductive age across the world, the largest study of its kind has found. Excessive levels the neurotoxic metal can seriously harm unborn children and have been blamed on fish-rich diets.
In some parts of the word gold mining and industrial pollution are also to blame, according to experts in Sweden. The latest research, from Swedish safety group International POPs Elimination Network (Ipen), covered 25 of the countries with the highest risk and found worrying levels in women from Alaska to Chile and Indonesia to Kenya. Read more