Study links pregnant smokers, drug use among their kids

August 29, 2011 2:04:26 PM PDT
A new study finds that children whose mothers smoked while pregnant were more likely to end up on medications such as antidepressants, stimulants and drugs for addiction.

Scientists say the findings hint that smoking has an effect on a baby's developing brain. Exactly how smoking may change a growing baby's brain is unclear.

They say nicotine could affect brain development or that access to oxygen during pregnancy might be reduced when the mother's smoke.

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