28 Nov '12, 5pm

Study: Traffic pollution exposure linked to autism in young children

Study: Traffic pollution exposure linked to autism in young children

Living close to highways has built-in health hazards. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention , asthma and carbon monoxide poisoning are two major public health problems caused by air pollution. Now, autism could be added to the list. Exposure to high levels of air pollution from traffic may raise the risk of autism , says Heather Volk, PhD, MPH, assistant professor of research at the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine. USC researchers published a study in the Archives of General Psychiatry that found that children exposed to higher level of traffic-related pollutants during pregnancy or the first year of life were at increased risk of autism compared to children exposed to the lowest level. The risk of autism was two times higher during pregnancy and three times higher during the child's first year for the children close to highw...

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