Navigation Links
Alcohol in Early Pregnancy May Prompt Fetal Cell Death
Date:8/29/2008

Even a few glasses of wine enough to disrupt normal development, mouse study finds

FRIDAY, Aug. 29 (HealthDay News) -- Just a few glasses of wine over a short period in early pregnancy may cause fetal problems, suggest researchers from the Medical College of Georgia.

The initial signs of fetal alcohol syndrome, which affects one in 1,000 babies, include facial malformations such as a flat and high upper lip, small eye openings, and a short nose. Researchers are investigating whether these signs can help determine how much alcohol at what point in pregnancy may cause fetal problems.

Supported by a grant from the March of Dimes, Erhard Bieberich, a biochemist in the Medical College of Georgia Schools of Medicine and Graduate Studies, and his colleagues are focusing on how alcohol consumption affects neural crest cells, which help form the upper part of the skull, in mice.

Specifically, the researchers are comparing cell death in mice following different levels of alcohol consumption to the cell death that occurs during normal development.

There is evidence that the equivalent of just a few glasses of wine over an hour in the first few weeks of fetal life can increase cell death.

"It's well known that when you drink, you get a buzz. But a couple of hours later, that initial impact, at least, is gone," said Bieberich in a Medical College of Georgia press release. "But, your fetus may have experienced irreversible damage."

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that pregnant women and sexually active women not using effective birth control refrain from drinking.

More information

The Nemours Foundation has more about fetal alcohol syndrome.



-- Krisha McCoy



SOURCE: Medical College of Georgia, news release, Aug. 25, 2008


'/>"/>
Copyright©2008 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Womens Alcohol Use Tied to Delayed Childbearing
2. Americans Drinking Less Alcohol
3. Alcohol consumption declining, according to results of new study
4. Epilepsy drug may help alcoholics recover from dependence, small study suggests
5. Alcohol Use Frequently Overlooked Before Surgery
6. Alcohols Impact on Heart, Stroke Risk Differs by Gender
7. The Internet, alcohol and sleep
8. Alcoholism-associated molecular adaptations in brain neurocognitive circuits
9. Treatment for Cigarette, Alcohol & Drug Use During Pregnancy Dramatically Improves Outcomes for Mom and Baby, Kaiser Permanente Study Shows
10. Kids connect alcohol odors with moms emotions
11. Study shows high rates, rising costs of alcohol/drug disorders in hospitalized patients
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:5/27/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... May 27, 2017 , ... Most us ... concern, but a new study from the Osteoarthritis Initiative shows that certain ... knee osteoarthritis. Knowing this in advance may give doctors the opportunity to treat patients ...
(Date:5/26/2017)... ... May 26, 2017 , ... ... week to review more than eighty-nine grant submissions all vying for nearly $1,000,000 ... in the Parkinson’s field.     , The American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA) is focused ...
(Date:5/26/2017)... Fairfax, VA (PRWEB) , ... May 26, 2017 ... ... is pleased to announce a new educational seminar to focus on current legislative ... Regulatory News(LEARN) seminar will begin at 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 10, and will ...
(Date:5/26/2017)... ... May 26, 2017 , ... Somnoware, ... NOX-T3 portable sleep monitor with its Somnoware Sleep Device Interface (SDI). Somnoware SDI ... diagnostic device operations. With this platform, initializing devices and importing studies are just ...
(Date:5/26/2017)... ... May 26, 2017 , ... ... is sharing bold recipes for Memorial Day entertaining that are sure to satisfy ... “Boar’s Head fresh sliced meats and cheeses featured in these refreshingly balanced recipes ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:5/10/2017)... Radiology has become the number one diagnostic ... spiraled to the number one ranking as a result.  ... before as the most complete and reliable method for ... back pain an MRI may confirm a suspected herniated ... in entirely different treatment protocols.  In these circumstances, patients ...
(Date:5/9/2017)... , May 9, 2017  Demonstrating its ... board of directors for the Pharmaceutical Research and ... for membership. Biopharmaceutical companies will now have to ... order to be eligible to join PhRMA. ... the board is sending a clear message that ...
(Date:5/8/2017)... YORK , May 8, 2017 ... the transition from fee for service reimbursement. Black Book ... 2017. 1.       The Market for MIPS ... 77% of physician practices with 3 or more ... Technology Solutions by Q4. "Given the magnitude of the ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: