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 later in childhood. Neonatal respiratory distress syndrome carried the highest risk for ADHD, followed by preeclampsia and birth asphyxia, according to the study in the journal Pediatrics.

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