NEW HYDE PARK, NY – A recent Harvard study that further shows a link between autism and pollutants is another reason expectant mothers should be cognizant of what they inhale, a New York developmental pediatrician says.
The study found that women can increase their risk of having an autistic child if they inhale certain pollutants, particularly during the third trimester.
“The findings from this study replicate other studies that have found an association between exposure to air pollution during pregnancy and later developmental problems such as autism,” says Andrew Adesman, MD, director of developmental and behavioral pediatrics at Cohen Children’s Medical Center in New Hyde Park. “Although it is very difficult for individuals to completely avoid exposure to potentially dangerous pollutants, these kinds of studies serve as an important reminder and/or wake-up call to our society about the downstream consequences and costs – both human and economic -- associated with environmental pollutants.”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that about one out of every 68 kids has autism spectrum disorder.