Link between Air Pollution and Autism?
|December 20, 2010||Posted by M. P. under Behavorial Health, Children and Family, Health, Research||
Results from a research study on environmental pollution and autism may significantly shape future research on causal factors of this developmental disorder. The findings identify air pollution as an environmental condition associated with autism.
The southern California study looked at the link between autism and air pollution by examining how close female study participants lived to major transportation thoroughfares such as highways and other highly traveled routes during their pregnancy. The data came from 304 autism cases and 259 control (non-autistic) cases enrolled in the Childhood Autism Risks from Genetics and the Environment (CHARGE) Study. The findings indicate that living approximately 1,014 feet (309 meters, 0.19 of a mile) or closer to a freeway during pregnancy (when other variables were adjusted for) was associated with autism.
Visit the Environmental Health Perspectives journal website for a full copy of the article Residential Proximity to Freeways and Autism in the CHARGE Study to be released in the next few weeks.
Article Citation: Volk HE, Hertz-Picciotto I, Delwiche L, Lurmann F, McConnell R 2010. Residential Proximity to Freeways and Autism in the CHARGE study. Environ Health Perspect :-. doi:10.1289/ehp.1002835