A new study shows that heavy drinking during pregnancy has long-term affects on a child's brain growth and development. But the study, supported by the National Institutes of Health, also notes that an infant's environment likely plays a role in the abnormal brain development as well. Those findings could lead to the development of early treatments and interventions to correct or improve patterns of abnormality.
You can read the full study here: http://www.jneurosci.org/content/32/44/15243.full
Heavy drinking during pregnancy disrupts proper brain development in children and adolescents years after they were exposed to alcohol in the womb, according to a study supported by the National Institutes of Health. The study is the first to track children over several years to examine how heavy exposure to alcohol in utero affects brain growth over time.
I've been kind of obsessed with neuroscience lately. The study of our brains has made some amazing leaps in the past decade or so, particularly when it comes to how we understand our children's minds. Behind many of those leaps have been advances in brain scans. Scientists have been able to use non-invasive magnetic resonance imaging to study adult brains for some time. But young kids were just too squirmy for the most detailed types of scans. Now, though, scientists are starting to figure out ways to see what's going on in developing brains, regardless of the squirms.