Autism Risk Higher Near Pesticide-Treated Fields, Study Says

Posted by Mike Confino, June 23, 2014

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Babies whose moms lived within a mile of crops treated with widely used pesticides were more likely to develop autism, according to new researchpublished today.

The study of 970 children, born in farm-rich areas of Northern California, is part of the largest project to date that is exploring links between autism and environmental exposures.

The University of California, Davis research – which used women’s addresses to determine their proximity to insecticide-treated fields – is the third project to link prenatal insecticide exposures to autism and related disorders.

via Autism Risk Higher Near Pesticide-Treated Fields, Study Says | Alternet.

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