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Binge Drinking During Pregnancy Causes Cognitive Abnormalities

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

babyA new study finds that heavy drinking during pregnancy can cause cognitive abnormalities even when the child doesn’t show physical signs of fetal alcohol syndrome. The National Institutes of Health studied 101 women in Chile who drank at least four alcoholic drinks per day during their pregnancy. After evaluating the women’s children for eight years, scientists found that 80 percent of the children showed one or more abnormalities, although only 17 percent had the abnormal facial features representative of fetal alcohol syndrome. Dr. Devon Kuehn, a researcher with the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, told Science Daily it is valuable for health care providers to know that children’s neurological impairments may be due to fetal alcohol exposure even when children don’t show the usual physical characteristics of fetal alcohol syndrome. A recent  Centers for Disease Control study found that 1 in 13 pregnant women admits to drinking alcohol during pregnancy.

Source: U.S. News and World Report Heavy Drinking in Pregnancy Linked to Host of Problems in Children

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