Children of women exposed to pesticides during pregnancy are two-thirds more likely to have autism
By ParentInProgress on June 25, 2014
Pesticides have been implicated in a variety of birth defects for a while now, but this new research using data from the California Pesticide Use Report found a strong link to kids born with autism or developmental delay.
Researchers from the MIND Institute at the University of California-Davis tied autism risks to how close a pregnant woman lives to fields and farms where chemical pesticides are applied. In fact, it increased the risk by two-thirds!
The most commonly used pesticides were organophosphates, and pyrethroids were second. Carbamates were also included.
The highest risk of autism was for those who were exposed to organophosphates. This was particularly true for exposure to chlorpyrifos in the second trimester.
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