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Study Links Pesticide Use with Autism in Pregnancies

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Jasmine Reynolds3 years ago

According to Reuters, a new study in California has linked exposure to pesticides from fields with autism in pregnant mothers who live nearby.

About the Pesticide Study

In the State of California, pesticide use is regularly monitored and pinpointed on maps.

For the study, these maps were used to track exposure if any of 970 mothers during pregnancy. Of those pregnancies, 468 had autism spectrum disorders (ASD). The children ended up with social, communication and language problems as a result of being exposed to pesticides.

The development of a child with an ASD is much slower than that of the average child. They could have much more trouble learning to talk, read, or even walk.

The survey states that autism affects 4% of children in the U.S. According to the Center for Disease Control and prevention (CDC) 1 in 68 children has an autistic disorder.

Autism Dependant on Type of Pesticide

Different pesticides accounted for different autistic disorders; however, the close proximity to the fields being treated with pesticides was the main factor in the development disorders being present in the child.

The amount of time that mothers were exposed to the pesticides and when they were exposed also accounted for the disorders being present.

As a result of this study parents are encouraged to eliminate all use of pesticides in the home.


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