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No safe amount of alcohol during pregnancy, suggest researchers

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  • Researchers used chaos theory to prove that it is never safe to drink alcohol during pregnancy.
  • The team created a sophisticated computer technique to determine the long-term effects of the fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD).
  • Data from 19 FASD patients and 21 non-FASD patients revealed several parts of the brain with impaired connectivity in the FASD group.
  • FASD patients were more likely to have deficits in the brain tissue that connects the left and right halves, similar to those in people with schizophrenia, autism, or depression.

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