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Workplace solvent exposure has been linked to autism.

A major study conducted by US National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health's Health Effects Laboratory has found that women exposed to solvents, were up to 1.5 times more likely to have a child higher on the autism spectrum when compared to those who do not.

In the study, solvents refers to degreasers, paint chemicals and so on.

The research joins a growing body of research suggesting that the work life of a parent closely affects the health and well-being of newborn babies.

Previous research shows metals like lead, mercury, arsenic and manganese are neurotoxic and affect developing brains, and that maternal and childhood exposure were associated with lower IQ, behavioural issues and cognitive dysfunction, the researchers say.

Currently one in 68 children are placed on the autism spectrum, but this rate has been slowly increasing.

It's worth stating that many people who experience autism, experience is a positive that enriches their lives, however the link between a new parents work life and their children's health is an interesting one that will be interesting to follow as it is explored into the future.

Source: www.ohsalert.com.au/nl06_news_selected.php?act=2&stream=2&selkey=55288&hlc=2&hlw=

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