A study published on August 16, 2018, warns that elevated levels of DDE in the blood may be linked to Autism.
Elevated blood levels of DDE is due to chronic exposure to the pesticide DDT.
Although the use of the pesticide was banned in 1972, traces of DDT are still showing up in our food.
Researchers have discovered that children born from mothers with an elevated level of DDE in their blood were at a greater risk of autism.
While the results from this study are strictly observational, the findings provide the first biomarker-based evidence that maternal exposure to insecticides is associated with autism among offspring.
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