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Mon June 23, 2014
New Study Links Pesticides And Autism
Over the years health officials have raised concerns over exposure to pesticides. But now a new report from UC Davis suggests it could be an even bigger concern for pregnant women.
A new study reveals that pregnant women who live near areas where pesticides are used are more likely to have a child with autism.
The study published Monday in the journal “Environmental Health Perspectives” says that pregnant women living within a mile from sites were pesticides are used have a 60 percent higher risk of having a child with autism or other developmental delay.
Researchers at UC Davis say women in their second and third trimesters face the highest risk.
Janie Shelton is the report’s lead author.
“I do think the high levels of exposure in that area should warrant some increased concern and protective measures particularly for men and women who are working in these fields and who could be occupationally exposed.”
The report studied about 1,000 participants throughout the state including the Central Valley.