Air Pollution Combines with Genetics to Increase Risk of Autism in Children

December 2, 2013 4:16 PM

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There may be an association between air pollution and autism. It turns out that exposure to smoggy air can increase the risk for this neurodevelopmental disorder among people who carry a genetic disposition toward it. The findings reveal how the environment can play a crucial role as to whether or not a person develops this disorder.

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a lifelong neurodevelopmental disability that's characterized by problems with social interaction, communication and repetitive behaviors. Currently, about one in 88 children suffer from an ASD in the United States. Since ASD is highly heritable, it seems as if gene...

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