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By On May 4th, 2010

Does prenatal exposure to tobacco lead to an increased risk of psychiatric disorders?

According to findings from a Finnish study, prenatal exposure to tobacco smoke increases the risk of adult psychiatric drug use by 44%. Mikael Ekblad, a doctoral student at Turku University in Finland, analyzed medical records of 175,869 people born in Finland from 1987 through 1989, a rather large sampling. Mikael revealed his findings at a meeting of the Pediatric Academic Society and relayed that the most likely explanation is that those who used psychiatric drugs did so because of psychiatric problems; “They have an increased risk of psychiatric illness and therefore the need for psychiatric drugs,” he said. Click here to read an article from Medpage Today that discusses this study more.

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