Autism linked to mothers' solvent exposure

Study adds to evidence of occupational risk factors, but more research is needed, say US authors

Women who are exposed to solvents on the job may be more likely to have children with autism than mothers without this occupational exposure, a US study suggests.

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Researchers used data on work histories for 750 mothers and 891 fathers to assess the frequency and intensity of any occupational exposure before and during pregnancy for 16 agents that have been linked to neurological or congenital abnormalities in children.

The agents included medicines, metals, pesticides, anesthetics, asphalt, brake fluid, plastics and polymers, radiation,

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