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Environment as important as genes in autism, study finds

(Reuters) – Environmental factors are more important than previously thought in leading to autism, as big a factor as genes, according to the largest analysis to date to look at how the brain disorder runs in families. Sven Sandin, who worked on the study at King’s College London and Sweden’s Karolinska institute, said it was …

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New research links indoor air pollution to autism risks

The average American spends approximately 90 percent of his or her time indoors. And while most people are aware that outdoor air pollution can damage their health, many do not know that indoor air pollutants can also do the same. Indeed, studies of human exposure to air pollutants by the Environmental Protection Agency indicate that …

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More Toxic Chemicals Damaging Children’s Brains, New Study Warns

The number of industrial chemicals, heavy metals and pesticides proven capable of derailing normal brain development — and robbing children and society of dollars, IQ points and future potential — has doubled over the last several years, according to a new paper published Friday. Dr. Philippe Grandjean, one of the co-authors, suggested that the world …

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Harvard: Women abused as children more likely to have children with autism

 Source: http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/news/press-releases/women-abused-as-children-more-likely-to-have-children-with-autism/ For immediate release: Wednesday, March 20, 2013  Boston, MA —Women who experienced physical, emotional, or sexual abuse as children are more likely to have a child with autism than women who were not abused, according to a new study from Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH). Those who experienced the most serious abuse …

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