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Harvard Study: Bad Air Pollution Linked to Autism

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<font size="2"><p>Could there be a link between bad air quality and autism? According to a Harvard study released on Thursday, pregnant women in their third trimester have greater odds of having a baby with autism, if they breathe in elevated levels of tiny airborne particles emitted by power plants, fires and automobiles. But the Fresno State Autism Center said autism is complex and soon-to-be-moms shouldn’t be frightened.</p> <p>&quot;We’ve lived here our whole lives and I have three healthy children,&quot; said Clovis mother Brittany Riojas. </p> <p>Riojas is two weeks away from having her fourth baby. She has been at the doctors every week. The conversation of bad air quality being potentially being linked to autism has never been discussed.</p> <p>She said, &quot;Never crossed my mind, never been a conversation I had with my OB, never something I’ve ever worried about or been concerned about.&quot;</p> <p>Tim Yeager, the Executive Director for the Fresno State Autism Center said, &quot;This study sheds a lot of light on the rates of autism in the Central Valley. Autism affects the Central Valley to a greater degree than a lot of other communities in the United States, and in the world.&quot;</p> <p>Yeager works with autistic children and said there is not one single cause to autism.</p> <p>&quot;You always have to take research with a grain of salt, especially research that’s based on correlational studies like this. So, they can show there’s a correlation between air pollution and rates of autism, but you can’t really determine cause through these types of studies,&quot; said Yeager.</p> <p>Riojas said she’s going to stay educated on the topic, in preparation of her new baby.</p> <p>&quot;I think it’s something that’s worth further investigating especially if I do live in the Valley with poor air quality,&quot; said Riojas.</p></font><br /></div>

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