Smoking During Pregnancy Puts Children at Risk of Psychotic Symptoms

Mothers who smoke during pregnancy put their children at greater risk of developing psychotic symptoms in their teenage years. Science Daily reports that researchers from Cardiff, Bristol, Nottingham, and Warwick Universities studied 6,356 12-year-olds from the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children. All the children completed an interview for psychotic-like symptoms, such as hallucinations…

Genetic Cause of Fetal Alcohol-Related Developmental Disorders Found

A new animal study found a specific genetic cause of fetal alcohol-related developmental disorders. When pregnant women consume alcohol, the genetic processes that control thyroid hormone levels in the fetal brain are interfered with. Fetal alcohol exposure can cause neurodevelopmental disorders such as emotional behavioral disorders and deficits in learning, memory, and speech. Past animal…