Study Links Autism to Pollution

After studying 500 children, University of Southern California researchers have found that children exposed to more air pollution had higher rates of autism. While the study does not suggest a definite causation between pollution and autism, it does show that pollution may be a likely contributing factor. “The researchers found those likely exposed to the most pollution – estimated based on traffic, vehicle emissions, wind patterns, and regional data – are two to three times more likely to be diagnosed with the disorder.” 

In a 2010 study by Volk and colleagues, “the links between air pollution and autism risk were virtually unchanged after accounting for parents’ race and ethnicity, educational attainment, and smoking status, as well as for the area’s population density.”

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To read the full autism research story, visit: http://thinkprogress.org/health/2012/11/28/1243581/autism-research-pollutio

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