Study Links Autism to 118 Freeway Traffic

The UCLA study identifies 7,603 autistic children whose mothers were exposed to high levels of air pollution during pregnancy.

Researchers at UCLA have discovered a link between cases of autism in Los Angeles County and air pollution caused mostly by freeway traffic in the area, including that of the 118 Freeway near Northridge and Chatsworth.

The study, published March 1 in Environmental Health Perspectives, looked at 7,603 children ages 3-5 who were diagnosed with autism during 1998-2009 and found associations between the disorder and pregnant women living in Los Angles County. The researchers worked closely with the California Department of Developmental Services and other agencies to identify children for the study.

The researchers — Tracy Ann Becerra, Michelle Wilhelm, Jørn Olsen, Myles Cockburn and Beate Ritz — used a land-use regression model of statistical analysis and data from ambient air pollutant monitoring stations positioned throughout L.A. County.

Joseph March 12, 2013 at 08:12 PM
My mistake, thank you.
not Carl Peterson lll March 14, 2013 at 06:01 AM
THIS IS NOT REPORTING. Oh here is the other headlines for the same story http://brentwood.patch.com/users/jared-morgan After thwe first few along the 210 freeway, you will see the headline change with different freeways, none of which is in the story. The story shows correlation, not causation. He decided to make his own ideas up, then make ot personal for each community. LIE, LIE LIE!!!!!!
Don Jagg March 14, 2013 at 06:54 AM
What a joke! He put this story in 25 different Patches with 12 different headlines, all suited to the individual areas. What a concept. Make up your own freaking news. I had great hopes for the Patch idea and thought that it would be beneficial for the local communities but this is absolutely shameful. It stinks of propaganda. The entire Patch system has lost all credibility in my book.
not Carl Peterson lll March 14, 2013 at 07:22 AM
If I want one sided politics, No matter which side, I can go to many other sites. Miss Huffington sold to AOL, the parent co of the newer Patch. She did not pay bloggers, for the exposure they would get was their benifit. AOL paid 315 million dollars for the Huffington post, She was the editor of Patch until recently. hhmmmmm. http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/05/04/arianna-huffington-wings-clipped-at-aol/
Jock March 14, 2013 at 04:33 PM
Somehow we in this country have been raised to think that the "news" was neutral, that it was as if seen from an objective eye, "The truth". It never has been from the overblown triumphs of King Nebuchadnezzar carved into a temple wall to the "Yellow Journalism" of Hearst (Still in business). Now it is truly "Caveat Emptor" and more than ever "Consider the Source". Sites are linked to ads. News does not come to us by virtue of an all seeing power it is a commodity. We are all being played (see George Carlin). My best thought on trying to get the straight poop on anything, is If I see a story that may be important, check several sources. The difference can be stunning. Don't trust any single source.


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