Early exposure to air pollutants linked to autism risk

October 23, 2014 3:06 PM

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Early exposure to air pollutants linked to autism risk

The research team, led by Dr. Evelyn Talbott, professor of epidemiology of the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, PA, recently presented their findings at the American Association for Aerosol Research annual meeting in Orlando, FL.

Prevalence of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is on the rise in the US. In 2000, 1 in 150 children had the disorder, while current rates stand at 1 in 68. Although more and more children are being diagnosed with autism, the exact causes of the condition are unclear.

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