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Pesticide exposure during pregnancy can lead to higher risk of autism

A new study shows pregnant women who live within a mile of places where commercial pesticides are applied appear to have an increased risk of having a child with autism.

The research--published online in "environmental health perspectives"--says the risk that a child would develop autism appeared to be highest for women who lived near farms, golf courses, and other public places treated with pesticides.

The study is drawing some criticism. Because the study looked back in time, researchers weren't able to collect blood or urine samples to directly measure pesticide exposure.

1-in-68 children is now diagnosed with autism, according to the U-S centers for disease control and prevention.

The study was done by the University of California Davis.

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