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Pesticide Exposure Increases Autism Risk?

Davis, CA (KOVR-TV) - A new study suggests a possible link between pesticide exposure and an increased risk of autism.

Researchers at University of California found the mothers who lived less than one mile from fields treated with commercial pesticides during pregnancy gave birth to children who were about 60% more likely to have autism compared to children whose mothers did not live close to treated fields .

Researchers believe a baby's developing brain might be more vulnerable to exposure to toxic chemicals.

Scientists who worked on this study say they have made progress in learning more about autism and potential links. And they urge all pregnant woman to avoid contact with agricultural chemicals whenever possible.

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