Scientists from Monash University in Australia and the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine said that long-term polluted air can lead to the development of autism in young children. The relevant study was conducted in Shanghai.
The experiment involved 124 children diagnosed with autism and 1,240 healthy children under the age of 3 years. Scientists have watched young patients for 9 years. Experts have studied the effect of polluted air saturated with PM1, PM2.5 and PM10 solid particles. These are byproducts of toxic industrial emissions that quickly enter the bloodstream and lungs and provoke the development of serious pathologies. The results of the study showed that polluted air increases the risk of autism by 78%. At the same time, scientists admit that the causes of the disease are not fully understood yet, but the environmental factor can be just as important in the development of autism as genetics. The fact is that the brain of young children is too vulnerable to toxic effects. Airborne pollution affects organ function and the immune system as a whole. Experts intend to continue research.
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