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pregnant_woman_smokingBBC News (10/1) reports that, according to research published in the Oct. issue of the British Journal of Psychiatry, women “who smoke during pregnancy put their children at greater risk of psychotic symptoms, such as delusions and hallucinations.” Researchers from the UK’s Cardiff, Nottingham, Bristol, and Warwick universities found that children “whose mothers had smoked were 20 percent more likely to suffer such problems.” Notably, “the link was 84 percent more pronounced if 20 or more cigarettes a day were smoked.” The investigators “suggested tobacco exposure in the womb may affect the child’s brain development.”

       

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Following a  story,  (5/6, McKeever) reported that, according to a study http://tinyurl.com/sleepless-infants published May 1 in the journal Sleep, “women battling depression when their children are born are more likely to have infants with significant sleep issues and who run a higher risk of having early-onset depression during childhood.” For the study, researchers from the University of Michigan “monitored the sleep of 18 full-term born children and their mothers for periods of seven consecutive days once a month” over the course of “six months starting at two weeks following birth.” The team found that “babies born to depressed mothersbaby_clipart_5_rr20 took longer to fall asleep at night, slept in shorter bursts, and less soundly than infants born to mothers not experiencing depression.” Previous studies have indicated that “if infant sleep problems are not addressed, they can become long-term issues that can affect not only the child’s mental and physical health, but also the mother’s” if the “child’s sleep issues also cause her to lose valuable rest time.”

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