Navigation Links
Fetal Cocaine Exposure May Not Affect Kids' Academics: Study
Date:3/7/2012

WEDNESDAY, March 7 (HealthDay News) -- Exposure to cocaine, tobacco or marijuana before birth does not cause children to score lower on academic tests, according to a new study.

Prenatal alcohol exposure, however, even in children with no signs of fetal alcohol syndrome, was associated with lower scores at age 11 in math reasoning and spelling, Boston University researchers found.

The negative associations between intrauterine alcohol exposure and lower test scores are significant, the researchers said, because the study controlled for other substances, and the children did not have fetal alcohol syndrome and had not been born preterm, all of which could potentially decrease test scores.

In conducting the study, which was published online in the journal Vulnerable Children and Youth Studies, researchers collected academic achievement test scores from 119 low-income 11-year-olds enrolled in a study on cocaine exposure before birth. The researchers found that neither intrauterine exposure to cocaine nor exposure to tobacco or marijuana was associated with lower test scores.

The study authors said their findings could have serious implications for education.

"Study findings suggest the children with histories of even low-level [intrauterine exposure to alcohol] who experience school difficulties should be evaluated particularly for arithmetic skills and depressive symptoms and offered enhanced educational methods [and] interventions tailored to their needs," study author Ruth Rose-Jacobs, an associate professor of pediatrics at Boston University School of Medicine, said in a university news release.

More information

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists provides more information on drugs and pregnancy.

-- Mary Elizabeth Dallas

SOURCE: Boston University Medical Center, news release, March 5, 2012


'/>"/>
Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Study finds massively parallel sequencing can detect fetal aneuploidies, including Down syndrome
2. Fetal Exposure to Epilepsy Drug Might Raise Autism Risk: Study
3. Fetal stem cells from placenta may help maternal heart recover from injury
4. Links to Mental Illness Seen in Fetal Brains: Study
5. Fetal Exposure to Magnetic Fields From Appliances, Power Lines May Up Kids Asthma Risk
6. NICHD renews maternal-fetal medicine, neonatal ties with Women & Infants
7. Fetal Exposure to Common Epilepsy Drugs May Harm Kids IQ: FDA
8. Fetal electrocardiogram helps in early detection of neonatal acidosis
9. Fetal programming of disease risk to next generation depends on parental gender
10. The TET1 enzyme steers us through fetal development and fights cancer
11. Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine commends FDA on makena announcement
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Fetal Cocaine Exposure May Not Affect Kids' Academics: Study
(Date:10/13/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... October 13, 2017 , ... The Visiting ... Day Market. Featuring a collection of specialty vendors and unique items from across the ... and quality-focused health and wellness services offered by the VNA. The boutique will ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... , ... October 13, 2017 , ... Yisrayl Hawkins, Pastor ... that explains one of the most popular and least understood books in the Holy ... and puzzling descriptions that have baffled scholars for centuries. Many have tossed it off ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... ... “The Journey: From the Mountains to the Mission Field”: the story of a missionary ... Journey: From the Mountains to the Mission Field” is the creation of published author, ... ages and currently teaches a class of ladies at her church, which she has ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... CA (PRWEB) , ... October 12, 2017 , ... ... Cheng, are now treating sleep apnea using cutting-edge Oventus O2Vent technology. ... a serious sleep disorder characterized by frequent cessation in breathing. Oral appliances can ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... October 12, 2017 , ... IsoComforter, Inc. ( https://isocomforter.com ), ... of an innovative new design of the shoulder pad. The shoulder pad provides ... while controlling your pain while using cold therapy. By utilizing ice and water that ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:9/12/2017)... , Sept. 12, 2017   EcoVadis , the leading platform ... published the first annual edition of its Global CSR Risk and Performance ... evaluated by EcoVadis, based on Scorecard Ratings that analyzed nearly 800,000 data ... ... ...
(Date:9/12/2017)... , Sept. 12, 2017  ValGenesis Inc., ... Solutions (VLMS), is pleased to announce the appointment ... member of its Board of Directors and Chairman ... VLMS enables life science companies to manage their ... use of paper in this process. Furthermore, ValGenesis ...
(Date:9/9/2017)... Sept. 8, 2017 Dealmed Medical Supplies, ... of medical equipment, supplies, drugs, vaccines, and specialty medical ... into an agreement to acquire Vantage Medical Supplies, a ... Holtsville, New York . ... new and emerging medical practices, will operate under the ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: