Pregnant Women Exposed To Air Pollution Twice As Likely To Have A Child With Autism

Pregnant women who were exposed to high levels of air pollution were twice as likely to have a child with autism as women who lived in low pollution areas, according to a US study.

Experts at Harvard University said they had reached worrying conclusions over the elevated risk of autism in more polluted areas, in what they said was the first large national to examine links between the prevalence of pollution and the development of the developmental disorder.

The findings are published in the Journal Environmental Health Perspectives.

The study can be downloaded in Pdf format from here