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(Studio) Several medical authorities warn that drinking alcohol during pregnancy substantially increases chance of birth defects. Is called fetal alcohol syndrome, and even small amts. can endanger baby. Several medical orgs. agree.
REPORTER: David Brinkley
(San Diego, California) Melissa is 3 and product of mother's alcoholism during pregnancy. [Melissa's MOTHER - explains how she'll probably tell Melissa about problem.] Dr. Kenneth Jones is top researcher in field. [JONES - describes symptoms and findings in research.] Only in recent years have doctors pinned down relationship of alcohol to birth defects. University of California in San Diego researcher, Dr. Gerald Chernoff, fed alcohol to pregnant mice; results noted. Tests on affected children cited. [WOMAN - asks affected boy to use spoon; notes he's not able to do so.] Findings indicate even small amts. can affect some pregnancies. [JONES - says chronic alcoholics shouldn't get pregnant and no woman should drink alcohol during pregnancy.] Once damage is done, medical science can do nothing.
REPORTER: Roy Neal
- Brinkley, David;
- Neal, Roy
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