Birth Defects Too Often Blamed on Alcohol
Seachrist, Lisa, Science News
Physicians and geneticists too readily blame birth defects on a mother's use of alcohol during pregnancy and may miss other genetic causes of the abnormalities, says an Arizona researcher. In a study of children previously identified as suffering from the effects of fetal exposure to alcohol, he found that 13 percent suffered from misdiagnosed genetic problems.
"Some of these children were labeled as suffering from mild cases of fetal alcohol effects, when in fact they have something entirely different," says H. Eugene Hoyme of the University of Arizona Health Sciences Center in Tucson. He urges doctors and geneticists to eliminate the diagnosis of fetal alcohol effects (FAE), …
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Publication information: Article title: Birth Defects Too Often Blamed on Alcohol. Contributors: Seachrist, Lisa - Author. Magazine title: Science News. Volume: 148. Issue: 20 Publication date: November 11, 1995. Page number: 314. © 2009 Science Service, Inc. COPYRIGHT 1995 Gale Group.
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