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Study Questions Whether Children Born To Crack Cocaine Users Suffer Long-Term Effects

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New research is shedding increased light on the fate of babies born to crack-addicted mothers.

Previous studies have shown that many babies born to crack users were premature, had smaller heads and had difficulty maintaining focus, but new research looking at more than 5,000 teens has many health professionals questioning whether those children actually suffer significant long-term effects.

Researchers say teens born to mothers who used crack cocaine had lower scores on developmental tests than other children, but those scores were within normal limits and could have been caused by other factors, such as environment, violence and parents' continued drug use.

The research is published in the journal Pediatrics.

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