28th February 2014
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Use of acetaminophen during pregnancy linked to ADHD in children
The supposedly innocuous acetaminophen, thought to be fine for use in pregnancy, may not be so fine for children. A long-term study by UCLA, in collaboration with the University of Aarhus in Denmark, has raised concerns about the use of acetaminophen during pregnancy. In a report in the current online edition of JAMA Pediatrics, researchers from the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health show that taking acetaminophen during pregnancy is associated with a higher risk in children of attention-deficity/hyperactivity disorder and hyperkinetic disorder.
Zeyan Liew, Beate Ritz, Cristina Rebordosa, Pei-Chen Lee, Jørn Olsen. Acetaminophen Use During Pregnancy, Behavioral Problems, and Hyperkinetic Disorders
. JAMA Pediatrics
, 2014; DOI: 10.1001/jamapediatrics.2013.4914