Autism and Vinyl Flooring Linked?

Some of the products and phenomena linked to autism are interesting. A report published in 2008 showed a correlation between increased rainfall rates and autism in children in California.

Today, an article on the Scientific American website shows a possible link between vinyl flooring and autism in children in Sweden.

“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.” Source: Scientific American

Phthalates are nasty and can be found in anything from air fresheners to body lotions.

To read more about the study, view the entire article: Scientists Find ‘Baffling’ Link between Autism and Vinyl Flooring

Addendum:  The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) states that the recent ban on phthalates is not necessary.  Interesting timing.

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