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GASP to hold event on pollution and autism tomorrow night

In the second installment of its "Making the Connection" series, the local air quality watchdog organization Group Against Smog and Pollution (GASP) will host a discussion on air quality and childhood autism.

"The point of this event is to help people understand the connection between various health issues and air pollution," says Rachel Filippini of GASP. (Their first installment included Environmental Protection Agency cardiologist Dr. Wayne Cascio for a discussion of the effects of air pollution on heart health.)

Tomorrow night, GASP will host University of Pittsburgh School of Public Health's Dr. Evelyn Talbott for a discussion of her team's findings on the connection between fine particulate matter pollution and childhood autism.

Talbott's 2014 findings show an increased risk of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) for children who were exposed to certain air toxins during early stages of life, including in the womb and during the first couple years of life.

The event will be held in conjunction with the monthly "Putting Down Roots Sustainability Salon," a monthly conversation group that his held at a Squirrel Hill residence. This will be its 43rd iteration.

Aviva Diamond of the Mom's Clean Air Force will also speak, and GASP will present on its current campaigns.

It will be held from 4-7 p.m., and the address will be given upon registration, which can be done here.