National Study Links Autism Risk to Air Pollution

June 2013 issue

Information from a study published in Environmental Health Perspectives has been making it rounds on the web. The study shows that living in an area with high levels of air pollution may increase a woman’s chances of having a child with autism. In the first national study so far that looks at this potential link, researchers compared various data (such as levels of air pollutants and women’s health in the  U.S.) and found that women who lived in the most polluted areas (such as areas that had the highest levels of diesel or mercury in the air) were twice as likely to have a child with autism compared to those that live in the cleanest areas. Check out this Huff Post article for more info.

It’s still early in the investigation phase, researchers warn, to know for sure if – and what – women may be actually absorbing from their environment. But it’s an interesting step and one that may prove to give us a little more understanding of (confirmed) potential risks.

Lynsey, Community Manager