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Birth Defects From Drug And Alcohol Use
Alcohol is available in many beverages, from beer and wine to the more potent distilled spirits, such as gin, rye, and whiskey. There appear to be at least small health benefits of small amounts of alcohol use (fewer than five drinks per week), especially of red wine Excessive alcohol use can lead to addiction and severe social and physical complications. Excess long term alcohol use is the most common cause of cirrhosis of the ...Read more
Probably: While it is known that alcohol, tobacco, and many drugs used by a pregnant woman can have negative effects on her baby, the effects of paternal drug use are less clear. What is known is that many drugs reduce sperm production, or damage sperm, increasing the risk of infertility in men. Also, animal studies show that many drugs given to the father can result in birth defects in their offspring. ...Read more
Limb loss: Thalidomide was originally marketed in britain as a nausea drug during pregnancy. It later became evident that about 30% of women who used it during the 4-7 wk (when arms & legs were forming) gave birth to infants with defects.These ranged from absence of one or more limbs to malformation of the limbs that formed. ...Read more
See responce: Vague question,which particular drug ? lenght of use ? An occasional use may not be detrimental (this is no approval of use) , ...Read more
Is it possible that past hard drug abuse damage the ova (egg cells) in a woman and cause mental retardation or birth defects?
I have been trying: To find information on this, but the information seems to be focusing on maternal use during pregnancy and not before.It is also heavily focused on alcohol and cigarettes, with results showing that the children of women who smoke or drink have decreased attention spans. I believe, however, that your hypothesis is indeed possible. Perhaps one of my colleagues has found some research on this. ...Read more
How some drugs cause birth defect in pregnant womans?.Can it alter a baby's normal growth by producing some chemicals or change DNA & cause mutation?
All of the above: All of the things you mentioned can happen. In addition, some drugs can block certain steps in the formation of proteins needed to build the body, and then abnormal proteins form and defects occur. There are sooooo many different ways drugs and chemicals can affect the growing body - we probably don't even know al of them yet. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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