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Fetal alcohol syndrome is a condition that occurs in infants whose mother consumes alcohol during their development in the womb. Frontal lobe deficits from alcohol damage cause problems with behavior, judgement and reasoning, and are commonly later diagnosed as ADD or autism. Other symptoms include dysmorphic features (abnormal facial characteristics), organ malformations and decreased intelligence. Alcohol crosses the placenta and no amount is 'safe'. There is no treatment once the damage is done, prevention is the only cure with education of parents before they decide to start a family and complete cessation of all alcoholic beverages.
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About: Fetal alcohol syndrome, common yet ignored
Date: 17 July 2005
Source: Daily News
Author: Oren Yaniv
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