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ASD link to prenatal exposure to fire retardants & pthalates

Postby kulkulkan » Thu Mar 05, 2015 5:39 pm

Has been suggested below - now shown as a mouse model.

Autistic features linked to prenatal exposure to commonly found fire retardants, phthalates
March 5, 2015

Summary:
Exposure during pregnancy to a combination of fire retardant chemicals and phthalate chemicals -- both present in the average home -- can contribute to autistic-like behaviors in the offspring, according to an animal study.

Article
Exposure during pregnancy to a combination of fire retardant chemicals and phthalate chemicals -- both present in the average home -- can contribute to autistic-like behaviors in the offspring, according to an animal study to be presented Thursday at the Endocrine Society's 97th annual meeting in San Diego.

"Our research points to potentially preventable causes of autism, which remains a diagnosis with enormous social costs and limited solutions," said lead study author Stephanie Degroote, MSc, a PhD student at the University of Sherbrooke in Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada.
Phthalates and brominated fire retardants are known endocrine disruptors, substances that can impair processes controlled by hormones. Past studies have suggested that exposure in the womb to either phthalates or flame retardants can affect mental and motor development and can provoke attention deficit. However, pregnant women are likely to come into contact with both chemicals simultaneously. They are common additives in many household plastic products, and flame retardants are on most furniture foam cushions....



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