Possible Autism Cause: Phthalates from Vinyl Floors?

Rebecca Skloot just facebooked this story:

Scientists Find ‘Baffling’ Link between Autism and Vinyl Flooring

Children who live in homes with vinyl floors, which can emit chemicals called phthalates, are more likely to have autism, according to research by Swedish and U.S. scientists published Monday.

The study of Swedish children is among the first to find an apparent connection between an environmental chemical and autism.

Obviously its been out for a few days, but I had not noticed it.

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0 thoughts on “Possible Autism Cause: Phthalates from Vinyl Floors?

  1. Correlation != causation. Even the scientists who presented this result have been reported as saying this and cautioning that the result most likely means little. (I read this a little while ago on another blog. It’s been widely reported since and the general media seem to be doing their usual best to be ignorant of the nature of correlations.)

  2. It’s actually willingness to do it on the lawn that is the risk factor. Vinyl flooring is just a proxy for that.

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