Childhood Development

NC Scientists Study Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

February 18, 2016

By Carly Stephenson

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CABARRUS COUNTY — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently released information on alcohol and pregnancy, and now scientists at the North Carolina Research Campus are building on that to recommend complete health solutions for women trying to have children.

According to Dr. Philip May’s studies, nutrition, demographic, drinking and body mass all factor in to how alcohol will impact an unborn child.

The team is studying students in Cabarrus County and other parts of the country dealing with fetal alcohol syndrome, along with other growth factors.

“A number of facial features that are altered, but really the biggest problem that we’re concerned about is the intelligence and the behavior of the children,” said Dr. May.

May finished another study conducted in the Midwest showing two to five percent of children exposed to alcohol show signs of fetal alcohol syndrome.

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