ABC Radio National: Pollution and autism spectrum disorder

June 10, 2014

Radio National

Research from Harvard University suggests that autism spectrum disorder, which affects perhaps about 1 in 100 Australian children and, some say, is increasing in prevalence, may be partly caused by air pollutants.This can have enormous implications for housing near roads and industry.

Frightening research results given the level of pollution to which residents of the inner West are exposed. And yet again, it’s the most vulnerable in the community who are effected the most. It is the Government’s responsibility to protect the health of its citizens. Does our situation represent a dereliction of duty?

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