Local university researchers are out with a report that's got to be worrisome for pregnant women living near farm land.
The study is out now from UC Davis and it suggests a strong link between proximity to fields where pesticides are used and the birth of autistic children.
One of the UC Davis researchers says this study validates the results of earlier research that has reported associations between having a child with autism and exposure to agricultural chemicals during pregnancy.
The strongest risk was found to be among women exposed to the pesticides during the second and third trimesters of pregnancy.
A little more than 30 percent of the women interviewed for the study lived within about a mile of the fields where pesticides were used.