|The rising incidence of autism and |
neuodevelopmental disorders has
researchers looking for environmental causes.
The editorial by Philip Landrigan, MD, MSc, and Luca Lambertini, PhD, MPH, MSc, from Mount Sinai as well as Linda Birnbaum, Director of the National Institute OF Environmental Health Sciences, was published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives alongside other papers that suggested links between chemicals and autism.
Autism and autism-related disorders have been rising in incidence, but the exact environmental causes are still not understood.
A growing number of researchers believe that environmental pollution does have an impact on the development of autism (the hereditary component is also very strong) and that certain toxic chemicals may affect between 400,000 and 600,000 of the 4 million children born in the U.S. each year.
There should be a priority on the research of these environmental pollutants because they are potentially controllable or preventable, the researchers say.
The top 10 chemicals are
- Organophosphate pesticides
- Organochlorine pesticides
- Endocrine disruptors
- Automotive exhaust
- Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons
- Brominated flame retardants
- Perfluorinated compounds
Automotive exhaust can become a problem indoors as well if a home is located close to a busy road or highway.
Many products (especially children’s products) contain flame retardants that can get into the air and affect children, pets and everyone else.
Other chemicals on the list are persistent organic pollutants or pesticides that can build up in the environment, the food chain and people’s bodies and there may have a big impact as well.
Source: Mount Sinai Medical Center
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