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Study finds link between pesticides and autism

Published on Jun 23, 2014 12:23 PM
 
This picture taken on April 15, 2014 shows a man controlling a drone to spray pesticides on a farm in Bozhou, central China's Anhui province. A California study out on Monday found that pregnant women who lived near farms where pesticides are applied had a two-thirds higher risk of having children with autism. -- PHOTO: AFP

WASHINGTON (AFP) - A California study out on Monday found that pregnant women who lived near farms where pesticides are applied had a two-thirds higher risk of having children with autism.

The findings in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives examine the association between living near commercial pesticide applications and having offspring with autism, but do not show cause-and-effect.

Autism is a neurodevelopmental disorder that ranges in severity and has been on the rise in recent years. Health authorities say it now affects as many as one in 68 children in the United States.

The latest research was based on data about commercial pesticide applications in California, combined with residential addresses of about 1,000 participants in a study of families with an autistic child.

 
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