Maternal smoking is associated with an increased risk of bipolar disorder in offspring

We really don’t need many more reasons to highlight why smoking is bad for you, but children are a powerful motivator to quit and this new research in the American Journal of Psychiatry looks at the risk of bipolar disorder in children whose mothers smoked.

79 children were reviewed with some adjustment for confounders – and the risk of bipolar was doubled in those exposed to in utero maternal smoking. Although not strong enough to prove causation, it’s an interesting article nonetheless.

Is it the smoking or is it something about the mothers who decide not to quit during pregnancy? There may be more at play here than simply the biology. A fascinating read – here. A great accompanying editorial too, here.

 

source | American Journal of Psychiatry

image | DucDigital

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