Study: Exposure To Particulate Air Pollution In Late Pregnancy May Double Risk For Autism In Child

Reuters (12/18, Begley) reports that a study conducted by scientists at Harvard School of Public Health and published in the online journal Environmental Health Perspectives found that children whose mothers were exposed to high levels of fine particulate pollution in late pregnancy have as much as twice the risk of developing autism. The study, which involved 116,430 women, found no correlation between autism and fine particulate pollution before, during early pregnancy, or after the child was born. High levels of exposure during the third trimester, however, doubled the risk of autism.

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— “Autism risk linked to particulate air pollution,” Sharon Begley, Chicago Tribune, December 17, 2014.

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