(ChatterShmatter) – Results of a new study indicate that children of mothers who live near a highway can be at an increased risk of developing autism.
This is one of the first studies performed looking at the possible risk factor of autism when it comes to pregnant women living near busy roads, which are prime areas of high air pollution.
Researchers analyzed data from three cities in California, taking into account the numbers of pregnant women, where they lived in relation to freeways and the associated number of children diagnosed with autism.
The three cities looked at are three of the biggest in California; Los Angeles, San Francisco and Sacramento.
The researchers found that the closer a pregnant mother lived to a highway, the greater the risk was of her child being diagnosed with autism.