Prenatal Exposure to Chemicals Can Boost Offspring Autism Risk

Prenatal Exposure to Chemicals Can Boost Offspring Autism Risk

SAN DIEGO — Exposure during pregnancy to a combination of fire retardant chemicals and phthalate chemicals, which are present in the average home, may contribute to autistic-like behaviors in offspring, according to a Canadian study presented at ENDO 2015. 

The research only involved animal models but it points to potentially preventable causes of autism. Today, autism remains a diagnosis with enormous social costs and limited solutions. In addition, the rates appear to be steadily rising in North America.

“Our study is the first to evaluate the combined effect of two very common groups of endocrine disruptors, at doses relevant to human exposure, on the behavior of developing mammals concerning autistic features,” said lead study author Stephanie Degroote, MSc, a PhD student at the

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