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Chemical in pet shampoo may trigger autism

In Uncategorized on May 19, 2008 at 5:47 pm

Every other day it seems a new study comes out linking everyday products to cancer or other diseases. A new California study presented at the International Meeting for Autism Research in London found a pesticide chemical that may trigger autism. It’s called pyrenthrin and it’s found in many household products, from bug killers (what you’d expect), to…wait for it… pet shampoo.
The study asked mothers of more than 500 young children (some with autism) to report products they remembered using from a few months before conception until their child turned 1. The mothers of the 138 autistic children were twice as likely to report using products that contain pyrenthrins, like pet shampoos.

Before you toss out all your pet’s shampoo and let Fido roam dirty, know that the study is just speculation and it’s hard to narrow down which genetic and environmental factors contribute to autism. Scientists will continue to study potential causes.

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