Study says autism linked to pregnant women near pesticides

A recent study discovered that pregnant women living near pesticides were more likely to give birth to children with autism, according to a Yahoo Reuters article.

The new study is reportedly the third study to link pesticides to autism, but there are many other studies linking chemicals to developmental delays and lower IQs.

The study followed nearly 1,000 children in California where the study was carried out. Pesticides are more mapped and studied in California, the article says, so researchers were able to track where pregnant mothers were in relation to the pesticides.

The article states that the study included 316 typically developing children, 486 with an autism spectrum disorder and 168 with a developmental delay.

According to the results, about one third of the pregnant mothers lived within one mile of pesticide-treated fields.

The pesticides were mostly organophosphates and mothers exposed to them were 60 percent more likely to have an autistic child, according to the report.

According to National Geographic , organophosphates are common and can be handled in small doses, but chronic exposure can cause issues.

The Center for Disease Control said "there is no evidence to suggest that organophosphate exposure affects human reproduction or development."

However, there were some effects mentioned by the CDC in relation to animals.

Researchers also looked at when the mothers were exposed to the chemicals during different terms of pregnancy and which type of pesticide or insecticide they were around.

Results differed for each type.

For more on the study, click here .

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