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Current Studies at Motherisk: Alcohol Use during Pregnancy

The Motherisk drug testing lab is developing a new screening test to determine prenatal alcohol exposure in newborns. The procedure involves lab analysis of meconium (the newborn's first stool after birth), that is collected from diapers.

This test is entirely non-invasive. The goal is to help physicians in the early identification and treatment of children who may be affected by heavy prenatal alcohol exposure. Health care and social service providers are strongly encouraged to refer pregnant women with a history of drinking to our lab. Women who abstained from alcohol during pregnancy can enroll as controls.

Participants will be asked to consent to the release of medical records pertaining to the pregnancy and the newborn, as well as the collection of a meconium sample directly from the infant's diaper. All data collected will be treated anonymously and with highest confidentiality for research purposes only.

For more information please contact J. Gareri, Study Coordinator, at (416) 813-7709 or by e-mail

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