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Newborn's Hair Test of Mom's Meth Use

Researchers at Toronto's Hospital for Sick Children found evidence of Meth in the hair of some newborns, tracing the mother's use and how the drug crosses the placenta into the fetus.  Because fetal hair does not start growing until about the 20th week of pregnancy, the lead researcher explained, evidence of Meth in a newborn means it was not accidental exposure.  Instead, it means the mother used the drug knowing she was pregnant. It also doesn't show up in a newborn's hair if the mother uses Meth; it has to be persistent in the blood of the mom in order to grow into the hair.

Read article as printed in Canada's CBC News
Read full study published in Fetal and Neonatal Edition of Archives of Disease in Childhood Fetal and Neonatal Edition of Archives of Disease in Childhood (PDF Format)

 


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