Jessica Alba Funds Research on Chemical Links to Autism

 – June 5, 2015  –– 

Jessica Alba’s company is spending $3 million on research to test if certain chemicals make autism more prevalent. The company has made $150 million dollars in revenue, in under three years Honest has enough to found what it honestly set out to do: research. In the famed Mount Sinai’s uber-clean room that disallows dust and keeps particles out, a team of epidemiologists working under the Children’s Environmental Health Center chair Philip Landrigan, MD, MSc, AB, are testing baby teeth for links between common chemicals and autism. Landrigan, most known for his CDC research that led to the banning of lead-based paint for residential use, met with Forbes and acknowledged that every American knows that autism rates are on the increase. He further added, “Some of that is due to better awareness and earlier diagnosis, but that’s only part of it. We know there’s clearly a genetic bias, but genetic change doesn’t occur quickly. There’s clearly something in the environment. What might that be?”

-Philip Landrigan, MD, MSc, AB, Professor and System Chair, Preventive Medicine, Professor, Pediatrics, Dean for Global Health, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

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