Study: Pollutants during pregnancy linked to autism risk among infants

Pregnant women who are exposed to pollutants could face this risk.

Despite efforts by watchdog agencies across the country, pollutants are still an ever-present part of our daily lives. Even the most vigilant people in Houston may be surprised to learn how many toxins and harsh chemicals they're routinely exposed to. Now, a new study has underscored the risks posed by these pollutants – particularly for pregnant women and their children.

According to a press release from the Harvard School of Public Health, expectant mothers who are routinely exposed to "diesel particulates, lead, manganese, mercury, methylene chloride and other pollutants" during these all-important nine months could be more likely to give birth to children with autism. The scientists conducted blood tests on pregnant women who lived in areas of the country with widely varying pollution rates. Those who resided near the most heavily polluted locations were up to 50 percent more likely to give birth to children with autism.

"Our results suggest that new studies should begin the process of measuring metals and other pollutants in the blood of pregnant women or newborn children to provide stronger evidence that specific pollutants increase risk of autism," said study senior author and associate professor Marc Weisskopf, adding that such efforts could "help to develop interventions to reduce pregnant women's exposure."

Earlier this year, the U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new figures regarding the prevalence of autism in the United States. Currently, approximately one in 50 children born in America fall somewhere on the spectrum.

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