Grow up Near Highway and Radically Increase Risk of Autism

A new study has found that children who lived near highways at birth have twice the autism risk. Researchers interviewed and examined more than 300 children with autism, and a similar number of children without the disorder. Children whose families lived within 1,000 feet of a freeway at the time of their birth were two times as likely to have autism.

The connection held up even after controlling for other variables such as maternal age, parental education and smoking.

According to Time Magazine:

"Interestingly, however, the same effect did not apply to kids who lived near other heavily trafficked streets. The researchers theorized that the type and sheer quantity of chemicals distributed on highways are different from those on even the busiest city roadways."

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