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Pre-term Labor Drug Makes Babies' Brains Susceptible to Pesticide Injury

A drug, terbutaline, commonly prescribed to halt pre-term labor and stave off premature birth might leave the brains of children susceptible to chemicals that are everywhere in the environment, according to a study on animals. Rats exposed to the drug and later an insecticide had damage to brain regions known to play a role in learning and memory. The result might therefore help to explain earlier suggestions that children whose mothers are administered terbutaline suffer cognitive deficits....

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