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Exposure to Pesticides During Pregnancy Linked to Autism

A study of 970 children born in farm-rich areas in California was published in Environmental Health Perspectives. Researchers found that pregnant mothers living within one mile of crops treated with widely used organophosphate pesticides were 60% more likely to give birth to a child with autism. Most of the women lived in the Sacramento Valley.

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Language and School Problems Linked in ADHD

Children with ADHD are more likely than children without ADHD to have language problems which contribute to dramatically poorer academic functioning. The results are published in the May 2014 print issue of Pediatrics.

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In lab tests, the antimicrobial ingredient triclosan spurs growth of breast cancer cells

 

Some manufacturers are turning away from using triclosan as an antimicrobial ingredient in soaps, toothpastes and other products over health concerns. And now scientists are reporting new evidence that appears to support these worries. Their study, published in the ACS journal Chemical Research in Toxicology, found that triclosan, as well as another commercial substance called octylphenol, promoted the growth of human breast cancer cells in lab dishes and breast cancer tumors in mice.

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Whooping Cough Bacterium Evolving Making Vaccine Less Effective

The bacterium that causes whooping cough, Bordetella pertussis, has changed – most likely in response to the vaccine used to prevent the disease – with a possible reduced effectiveness of the vaccine as a result, according to a study published in the journal Emerging Infectious Diseases. The study was funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia.

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Dogs Help Children with Autism

A University of Missouri researcher has studied dog ownership decisions in families of children with autism and found, regardless of whether they owned dogs, the parents reported the benefits of dog ownership included companionship, stress relief and opportunities for their children to learn responsibility.

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