ASD: Air Pollutants’ Surprising Side Effect

October 24, 2014 11:40 AM

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A recent study led by the Heinz Endowments was conducted in Western Pennsylvania. The study researched a hypothesis according to which certain air pollutants may place a child at an increased risk for developing autism spectrum disorder (ASD). This specific region was chosen for the study as a consequence of the high number of cases reported in the area along with certain environmental factors being especially present.

The paper’s preliminary results have been accepted for review by the the American Association for Aerosol Research; it’s one of the first times researchers have found a correlation between air pollution and autism rates.

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