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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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