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Is Air Pollution Contributing to the Rise in Autism?

Asthma, cancer...autism. If you need yet another reason to abhor vehicle emissions and air pollution see a new report published in Environmental Health Perspectives which links in utero exposure to air pollutants to an increased risk of autism.

"Nobody knows what exactly causes autism," writes Ariel Schwartz. "Genetics are probably a piece of it. Vaccines are not. A new study says there’s another trigger: air pollution." 

"The study, published this week in Environmental Health Perspectives, tested the idea that air pollution while in utero can contribute to autism in children. It’s a hypothesis supported by past research--other studies have found a link, but only conducted their research in three states. This most recent study looked at children in all 50 states. The result: exposure to air pollutants--including diesel, lead, manganese, mercury, and methylene chloride--in utero increases the risk of autism, especially in boys."

Full Story: The Link Between Air Pollution And Autism

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