In a recent blog entry, we shared news of a study that found a link between a mosquito insecticide and autism. Since that publication, more news has become available that shows chemicals that were banned decades ago are contributing to an increase in autism diagnosis.
Prenatal Exposure to Banned Chemicals
In a study, Drexel University researchers shared their revelations that certain chemicals and pesticides banned back in the 1970s are still putting today’s children at a significantly greater risk of developing autism.
The research was carried out by professors at A.J. Drexel Autism Institute.
According to the study, children born after being exposed to organochlorine chemicals during their mother’s pregnancy were about 80% more likely to be diagnosed with autism.
Even though the chemicals were banned in 1977, they remain in the environment. In fact, they have been known to move long distances via surface runoff or groundwater.
Humans can be exposed to the chemicals by eating fish, dairy products and other fatter foods that are contaminated. To this day, many people in the U.S. have a measurable level of these chemicals in their bodies.
The Study at a Glance
Lead researcher, Dr. Kristen Lyall, and her collaborators looked for the chemicals in pregnant women because they can seep through the placenta and affect the neurodevelopment of the fetus.
While there had been previous studies looking at how exposure to the chemicals led to low birth weight, little was known about how they affected autism, specifically.
Dr. Lyall and her team focused on a sample of 1,114 children born in Southern California. Blood tests taken during the second trimester of the mother’s pregnancy revealed that prenatal exposure to the chemicals can influence neurodevelopment in adverse ways.
What You Should Do If You’ve Been Exposed to Organochlorine?
These chemicals pose a risk to the health of the mothers as well, and can damage the liver, kidney, central nervous system, bladder, and thyroid.
If you believe you may have been exposed, we advise you to contact your doctor immediately.
If Your Child Has Autism, Get In Touch With The Fitzgerald Law Firm
We can help you find out why your child has developed autism. If medical malpractice or environmental toxins are found to be involved, we’ll seek compensation for your child.
Call The Fitzgerald Law Firm today for a free consultation. Our number is 800-323-9900.