Friday, October 9th at 10 a.m.
What if a single question could help protect more babies from a range of lifelong physical, behavioral, and intellectual disorders?
A study by researchers at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center shows that it can.
“Our goal was to evaluate screening measures for alcohol-exposed pregnancies that could be implemented in clinical practice,” said principal researcher Tatiana Balachova, Ph.D., associate professor of Pediatrics, OU College of Medicine.
The study found that participants’ responses to a single question could effectively screen women across cultures. That single question was this: “During the previous three months, how often did you have four or more drinks on one occasion?”
“The research is important as we work to find simple screenings that can help health care providers better identify women whose behaviors might put their babies at risk,” Balachova said.
Research shows alcohol consumption during pregnancy increases risk of miscarriage, stillbirth, prematurity, and sudden infant death syndrome and can cause a range of lifelong physical, behavioral, and intellectual disorders in children, called fetal alcohol spectrum disorders. The most recognized condition of the spectrum is fetal alcohol syndrome characterized by specific facial characteristics along with growth deficiencies and central nervous system disorders.
To learn more about Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and related disorders, join us for an OU Medicine Live Chat this Friday, Oct. 9 at 10 a.m. with Tatiana Balachova, Ph.D., OU Children’s Physicians Child Study Center.
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