Published in Medical Letter on the CDC and FDA, April 11th, 2004
Most of the research on arousal and attention deficits caused by prenatal alcohol exposure has been conducted with children. An innovative new study, published in Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research, examines different components of attention through use of heart-rate data collected from 6-month-old infants whose mothers drank during pregnancy. The findings indicate that slower processing speeds and arousal-regulation problems exist as early as infancy.
"The postnatal environment that children experience has a...
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