Nicotine during pregnancy: changes induced in neurotransmission, which could heighten proclivity to addict and induce maladaptive control of attention

@article{Kohlmeier2014NicotineDP,
  title={Nicotine during pregnancy: changes induced in neurotransmission, which could heighten proclivity to addict and induce maladaptive control of attention},
  author={Kristi Anne Kohlmeier},
  journal={Journal of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease},
  year={2014},
  volume={6},
  pages={169 - 181}
}
  • K. Kohlmeier
  • Published 11 November 2014
  • Biology, Psychology
  • Journal of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease
Prenatal exposure to nicotine, occurring either via maternal smoking or via use of transdermal nicotine patches to facilitate cigarette abstinence by pregnant women, is associated with ∼13% of pregnancies worldwide. Nicotine exposure during gestation has been correlated with several negative physiological and psychosocial outcomes, including heightened risk for aberrant behaviors involving alterations in processing of attention as well as an enhanced liability for development of drug dependency… 

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