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Friday, July 5, 2013

AUTISM: Harvard study confirms air pollution link


June 18, 2013

By David Danelski, June 18, 2013

 Smog hovers over the Inland area on July 11, 2012. (Staff photo by David Danelski)
 Smog hovers over the Inland area in July 2012.

 I reported this spring that UCLA public health scientists  had uncovered evidence suggesting that pregnant women living in high-pollution areas are more likely to have children who develop autism.
The lead  researcher, Tracy Ann Becerra, told me that more research could provide a clearer picture of the correlation the UCLA team found.

Well, Harvard University researchers this week published a new study that offered some confirmation. The scientists found that women throughout the nation who live in areas with polluted air are up to twice as likely to have an autistic child than those living in communities with cleaner air.
Diesel exhaust buses, trucks and other vehicles found to many studies to be harmful to health. (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency photo)
Diesel exhaust from buses, trucks and other vehicles is harmful to health, according to many studies. (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency photo)

Becerra and her  UCLA colleagues had  focused on medical records of more than 7,000 women in Los Angeles County and found those exposed to more pollution  during their pregnancies had a 12 to 15 percent greater chance of having an autistic child.

The Harvard researchers found a stronger correlation using national data.
To learn more, check out Brian Bienkowski’s report on the Harvard study published online by Environmental Health News. 

Such studies add to growing evidence that air pollution — long known to be harmful to our lungs and hearts — also is bad for our brains. These disturbing discoveries have special relevance for Inland Empire residents. We breathe some of the worst air  in the nation.