According to a new study published online in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives, living close to a freeway may increase...
According to a new study published online in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives, living close to a freeway may increase your baby's risk of having autism. Researchers found that babies born to mamas who live close to freeways may even have twice the risk of autism as babies with mamas who live elsewhere. This study supports other evidence that suggest that various environmental exposures may play a role in autism. Of course, if you live near a freeway, this is no time to panic. Study researchers note that just because a mother lives near a freeway it doesn't mean that exposure to air pollution or traffic directly causes autism. What this study points out is that these issues may be possible factors playing a role in the increase in autism cases. It is something to be aware of though. There are plenty of reasons to live further, not closer to heavy traffic areas. For a long time research has noted that kids who live closer to green spaces are healthier and more active. Plus, when you live in a heavy traffic area, you are exposed to more toxic fumes released by cars and trucks. Also, your local air quality may be worse. Still, even if you live near a freeway, you can improve your indoor air quality with small adjustments, for example... *Source

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