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Dr. Beate Ritz talks to CNN about the link between acetaminophen and ADHD

The professor of epidemiology explains why the use of the popular drug by pregnant women can affect the development of fetuses.
Thursday, February 27, 2014

Doctors frequently recommend acetaminophen, commonly found in over-the-counter pain relievers including Tylenol, to pregnant women for treating mild pain.

But a new study suggests the use of acetaminophen during pregnancy could be associated with ADHD-like behavioral problems in children.

“(Pregnant women) shouldn’t worry at this point,” says study author Dr. Beate Ritz, professor and chair of the epidemiology department at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. “But if I were a woman who was pregnant ... I would try to avoid taking painkillers as much as I can until we know more about this.”

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