Air pollution might cause autism in children

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Air pollution might cause autism in children

Postby Wilberforce » Thu Jun 20, 2013 9:27 pm

Air pollution might cause autism in children

by Mollee Bauer
Air pollution might cause autism in children

There's nothing more concerning to an expecting mother than baby development, and there are several factors that can negatively impact a child during the pregnancy calendar. New research suggested that pollution may be one of them, specifically the kind that women inhale while outside during their critical nine months.

Researchers examined 325 women who had children with autism and 22,000 who didn't have a baby with the condition. They compared the individuals with data from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that looked at air pollution levels. The experts were able to conclude that pregnant women who were exposed to more air pollution had an increased risk of giving birth to an infant with autism.

"Our results suggest that new studies should begin the process of measuring metals and other pollutants in the blood of pregnant women or newborn children to provide stronger evidence that specific pollutants increase risk of autism," said study researcher Marc Weisskopf, associate professor of environmental and occupational epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health.

If you're thinking about conceiving and having a child of your own, it's critical to know how to avoid pollutants in your environment for the sake of your baby. The EPA recommended staying on top of weather reports and air pollutant forecasts. This can let you know if you need to stay indoors during certain times of the day to maintain your health. It's also a good idea to avoid exercising in areas where there is heavy pollution, such as roadways where there is traffic. Staying away from areas where there is burning wood or an excess amount of smoke can also help.

Have you inhaled dangerous levels of pollution while pregnant in the past? Do you know how to stay away from pollutants while expecting? Leave your tips in the comments section!

source ... n-children
• The Surgeon General has determined that there is no safe level of exposure to ambient smoke!

• If you smell even a subtle odor of smoke, you are being exposed to poisonous and carcinogenic chemical compounds!

• Even a brief exposure to smoke raises blood pressure, (no matter what your state of health) and can cause blood clotting, stroke, or heart attack in vulnerable people. Even children experience elevated blood pressure when exposed to smoke!

• Since smoke drastically weakens the lungs' immune system, avoiding smoke is one of the best ways to prevent colds, flu, bronchitis, or risk of an even more serious respiratory illness, such as pneumonia or tuberculosis! Does your child have the flu? Chances are they have been exposed to ambient smoke!
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