Possible mechanism between maternal smoking and childhood illness found

Previous research has determined that women who smoke during pregnancy tend to have babies who experience several adverse health effects, such as low birth weight, some childhood cancers, impaired lung function, and early respiratory illness. For years, scientists searched for the connection between exposure to tobacco smoke in utero and childhood disease. Now, a new study published by NIEHS scientists and their collaborators at Duke University, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and in Norway may have found the answer.

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