UC Davis, in California, conducted a study linking high levels of pesticide exposure during pregnancy led to an increased rate of autism or other developmental delays. The study reported that mothers who lived within an average one mile of where pesticides were applied were found to have a 60 percent higher risk of having children with ASD, including Asperger’s syndrome. The study was published in Environmental Health Perspectives and consisted of subjects that were part of research called the Childhood Autism Risks from Genetics and Environment study. There were 970 participants and the study focused on whether proximity to agricultural pesticide applications affected the children prior to birth.
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