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ADHD and the medical augmentation of labour

Geoff Ferguson - February 15th 2015

A recent Danish study showed no link between the medical augmentation of labour and a later diagnosis of ADHD.

The study looked at the birth records of 546,146 children born between 2000 and 2008. In some 26% of these births there was a record of medical augmentation. most likely the use of oxcytocin. 0.9% of the children later received a diagnosis of ADHD.

Following an analysis of the data, the researchers concluded that they could not find an association between the medical augmentation of labour and a later diagnosis of ADHD.

This study was reported in the March issue of Pediatrics. An abstract is available here.


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