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Air pollution drives up autism risk [video]

Exposure to traffic-related air pollution during pregnancy and the first year of life is associated with a more than two-fold risk of autism, a new study shows.

“This work has broad potential public health implications,” says the study’s principal investigator, Heather Volk, assistant professor of preventive medicine at the Keck School of Medicine at USC.

“We’ve known for a long time that air pollution is bad for our lungs, and especially for children. We’re now beginning to understand how air pollution may affect the brain.”

Full story at Futurity.

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