Home Health Parents News Now Pollution, Autism Linked in Study Pollution, Autism Linked in Study By Holly Lebowitz Rossi March 18, 2014 Advertisement Save Pin FB More Tweet Mail Email iphone Send Text Message Print shutterstock_155265725-1 30834 Several studies have shown a link between air pollution and autism, but a new study published in the journal PLOS Computational Biology is one of the largest to put the two together. Researchers studied insurance claims from around 100 million people in the U.S., and used congenital malformations in boys as an indictor for parental exposure to environmental toxins. "Autism appears to be strongly correlated with rate of congenital malformations of the genitals in males across the country. This gives an indicator of environmental load and the effect is surprisingly strong," study author Andrey Rzhetsky from the University of Chicago said in a statement. Every 1% increase in malformations corresponded to a 283% increase in autism in the same county. Image: Pollution, via Shutterstock By Holly Lebowitz Rossi Save Pin FB More Tweet Mail Email iphone Send Text Message Print Comments Add a Comment Be the first to comment! Advertisement Close this dialog window Add a comment Pollution, Autism Linked in Study Add your comment... Cancel Submit Success! Thanks for adding your feedback.