Khat-chewing during pregnancy-effect upon the off-spring and some characteristics of the chewers.

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In a study of 1,141 consecutive deliveries at delivery centres in the Yemen Arab Republic, the effects of khat (catha edulis) upon the offspring have been studied. The leaves of the shrub khat contain euphorizing compounds and are chewed often, even daily, by many inhabitants. Non-users of khat (n = 427) had significantly fewer low birth-weight babies (less… (More)

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