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Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Aspirin during pregnancy may lower child's I.Q.

Granted, correlation is not the same as causation. But there is enough here to raise suspicion that aspirin is a neurotoxin for the developing brain. The "wonder drug" that works wonders? Perhaps we've accepted for too long that aspirin is "safe as milk."

"Children born to mothers who took aspirin during pregnancy were found to have lower intelligence scores and increases in attention deficit problems according to a study of 421 predominantly middle income families.

"The study, conducted by the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science at the University of Washington, found that pregnant women using aspirin "several times per week" had children whose IQ scores were 10.1 points lower for girls, and interestingly, only 1.3 points lower for boys. The researchers took into account potential confounding factors such as alcohol, smoking, caffeine use and educational background of parents. The testing was done at age 4 using the Weschler Preschool & Primary Scale of Intelligence (WPPSI)."


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