Rates of Children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders are Higher than Expected

October 28, 2014 1:33 PM

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Rates of Children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders are Higher than Expected

Alcohol consumption during pregnancy can be extremely dangerous for the unborn child. Although pregnant women are advised to stay away from alcohol, a new study found that the rates of children born with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) are higher than previously expected.

"Knowing not to drink during pregnancy and not doing so are two different things," especially before a woman knows she is pregnant, said lead researcher Philip May, a professor of public health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, reported by Medical Xpress.

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