Monday, December 20, 2010

Highways linked to Autism?

I don't know what to think about this. Does this mean moving away from a highway would make you less likely to have a child with autism? It seems like such a strange connection to me, but I certainly understand the exhaust from a vehicle isn't good for our health.

FROM NBC: Children whose mothers lived near a busy highway while pregnant may be more likely to develop autism. Researchers from the University of Southern California compared 300 children with autism to about 260 without. Autism was more prevalent in kids when their mothers lived within a thousand feet of a freeway while pregnant -- particularly in the third trimester when fetal brains are developing quickly. There is no known cause for autism -- many experts believe it's often related to a complicated combination of genes and environmental factors. Research into the highway connection is ongoing.

Here's more from PsychTherapy.

-NewsAnchorMom Jen

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