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Prenatal Exposure to DDT Pesticide Linked to Autism

Date Published: 
August 16, 2018

A large study from Finland found that pregnant women with high levels of the pesticide DDT in their blood faced a greater risk of having a child with autism.1 Many countries banned DDT decades ago over environmental concerns, but it can persist in the soil and food chain. The study was published in the American Journal of Psychiatry today.