Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Drinking alcohol in pregnancy affects kids' brain

A new study has revealed that prenatal exposure to alcohol severely disrupts major features of brain development that potentially lead to increased anxiety and poor motor function, conditions typical in humans with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD).

The study by neuroscientists at the University of California, Riverside, discovered that prenatal exposure to alcohol significantly altered the expression of genes and the development of a network of connections in the neocortex- the part of the brain responsible for high-level thought and cognition, vision, hearing, touch, balance, motor skills, language, and emotion- in a mouse model
of FASD.http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/life-style/health-fitness/health/Drinking-alcohol-in-pregnancy-affects-kids-brain/articleshow/26857195.cms

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