Thursday, 12 April 2007

Prenantal smoke exposure may lead to attention problems

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Women who smoke while pregnant and then give birth to kids who end up smoking in those hard teenage years appear to have kids who have a harder time paying attention and focusing, according to a new study.

Does smoking in general or even nicotine exposure cause this? Hard to say based on the conclusion, but the study did show that teenage girls showed both visual and auditory attention deficits and teenage boys only had issues with listening.

The prevailing theory of nicotine being known to bind to receptors involved brain development shows that perhaps an environment of nicotine is to blamer here. This is another good reason to not smoke during pregnancy, yes?

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