Large US Study Links Air Pollution to Autism

December 19, 2014 8:50 PM

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Women exposed to the highest levels of fine-particulate air pollution late in their pregnancies are two times more likely to give birth to a child with autism. That’s according to the largest study to date looking at the link between autism and pollution. The neurodevelopmental disorder is marked by repetitive behaviors and difficulties with social interaction and communication.

Researchers analyzed data from 116,000 mothers and their children in all 50 states.

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