Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Cocaine's in utero effects are less than was feared

This is mildly hopeful. A big meta study says exposure to cocaine during pregnancy has little effect on growth, IQ, school achievement, and language ability in elementary school. Lots of the kids in the study had deficits in all those areas, but the study authors attribute that to the fact that kids exposed to cocaine in utero are likely to live in crappy households in crappy environments, and their moms may have smoked and drunk during pregnancy, too.

It's always nice when something really horrible turns out to be only moderately horrible.

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