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Mon Aug 20, 2018, 01:05 AM

DDT Metabolite in Pregnant Women Linked to Autism in Kids [View all]

By Janice Wood
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Elevated levels of a metabolite of the banned insecticide DDT in the blood of pregnant women have been linked to an increased risk for autism in children, according to new research.

The study of more than 1 million pregnancies in Finland is the first to connect an insecticide with risk for autism using maternal biomarkers of exposure, according to an international research team led by scientists at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health and the Department of Psychiatry.

Researchers identified 778 cases of childhood autism among children born from 1987 to 2005 to women enrolled in the Finnish Maternity Cohort, which represents 98 percent of pregnant women in Finland.

The researchers matched these mother-child pairs with mothers and children who did not have autism.


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