Prenatal exposure to oxygen deprivation may raise ADHD risk

12/10/2012 | CNN/The Chart blog

Health records of almost 82,000 5- to 11-year-olds showed that those who were exposed to ischemic-hypoxic conditions while in the womb had a 16% higher risk of having attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Of the factors considered in the study, neonatal respiratory distress syndrome presented the highest association with ADHD, followed by preeclampsia and birth asphyxia, according to findings in the journal Pediatrics.

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