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Maternal stress and preterm birth.
The prospective collection of multiple psychosocial measures on a large population of women indicates that a subset of these factors is associated with preterm birth, including life events, social support, depression, pregnancy-related anxiety, perceived discrimination, and neighborhood safety.
Cancer risks from arsenic in drinking water.
The evidence assessed here indicates that arsenic can also cause liver, lung, kidney, and bladder cancer and that the population cancer risks due to arsenic in U.S. water supplies may be comparable to those from environmental tobacco smoke and radon in homes.
Traffic-related air pollution, particulate matter, and autism.
Exposure to traffic-related air pollution, nitrogen dioxide, PM2.5, and PM10 during pregnancy and during the first year of life was associated with autism.
Sleep problems in children with autism spectrum disorders, developmental delays, and typical development: a population‐based study
This study compared parent‐reported sleep characteristics in 2‐ to 5‐year‐old children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) to children with other developmental delays (DD) and typical development (TD), finding children with ASD had marginally higher sleep onset factor scores and significantly higher night waking factor scores compared with the TD group.
Incidence of early loss of pregnancy.
Neurodevelopmental Disorders and Prenatal Residential Proximity to Agricultural Pesticides: The CHARGE Study
This study of ASD strengthens the evidence linking neurodevelopmental disorders with gestational pesticide exposures, particularly organophosphates, and provides novel results of ASD and DD associations with, respectively, pyrethroids and carbamates.
Residential Proximity to Freeways and Autism in the CHARGE Study
Living near a freeway was associated with autism and proximity of residence to freeways and major roadways during pregnancy and near the time of delivery, as a surrogate for air pollution exposure.
Maternal Metabolic Conditions and Risk for Autism and Other Neurodevelopmental Disorders
Maternal MCs may be broadly associated with neurodevelopmental problems in children, and with obesity rising steadily, these results appear to raise serious public health concerns.