Israeli research links acetaminophen during pregnancy to autism, ADHD |

An extensive Israeli study has found that mothers who continuously
use a popular pain relief medication during their pregnancy face an
increased risk of the newborn suffering from autism or ADHD.

The meta-analysis by a team of researchers from the Hebrew
University of Jerusalem, published Tuesday in the American Journal of
Epidemiology, showed that prolonged exposure to acetaminophen — also
known as paracetamol — during pregnancy is associated with a 30 percent
increase in relative risk for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
(ADHD) and a 20% increase in relative risk for autistic spectrum
disorder (ASD), compared with those who did not take acetaminophen
during pregnancy.

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