Researchers found that parents who are subjected to chemical exposure at work may be more likely to have children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
According to Science Daily, researchers at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) found that exposure to the chemicals in varnish, lacquer, and xylene were more often found in parents of children who had ASD compared to parents of children without the disorder. The parents of kids with ASD were also more likely to be exposed to solvents and asphalt compared to parents of unaffected children.
Overall, these results add to the mounting evidence that individual exposures may be important in the development of ASD, according to the NIOSH researchers. They also note that the study should be viewed as a first pass screen from which results can be used to target future research directions, and should therefore not be taken as conclusive.
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