Pregnant Women Should Not Drink in Any Amount

For many years, the message given to pregnant women was that it was ok to have an occasional drink during their pregnancy.  This message has changed with a new report published by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) that cautions pregnant women not to drink alcohol in any amount.  The AAP has concluded from its studies that, because alcohol is the leading preventable cause of birth defects and neurodevelopmental disabilities, no amount of alcohol is safe.

HealthDay (10/20, Dotinga) ran a detailed report on the study and obtained comment from Dr. Janet Williams, a co-author of the study and a professor of pediatrics at the University of Texas Health Science Center.  Dr. Williams says that future studies will likely continue to show that “alcohol has subtle yet important lasting effects on academic performance, attention, behavior, cognition, memory, language skills, and visual and motor development.”

This study garnered a great deal of attention with a report on ABC World News (10/19, story 8, 1:40, Muir) by David Muir and another on the CBS Evening News (10/19, story 11, 1:05, Pelley) with CBS Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Jon Lapook.

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Dr. Steven Lipsky

Steven J. Lipsky MD, FACEP has been a Board Certified Emergency Physician in Arizona for the last 41 years, and a resident of the Town of Paradise Valley for the last 40 years. He received his Doctor of Medicine degree from New York University School of Medicine and did post-graduate training in Family Practice at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix before going into the full-time practice of Emergency Medicine in 1975. Dr. Lipsky has worked in every type of Emergency Department in Arizona – from inner city and rural, small volume and large, public and private hospitals, teaching and nonteaching hospitals. He has taught at the Midwestern University Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine – Division of Clinical Education, as well as in Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine Arizona. He has received the highest number of patient satisfaction letters in his group at multiple facilities and has been recognized at Paradise Valley Hospital for his outstanding performance. A past president of the Arizona College of Emergency Physicians (representing over 800 Emergency Physicians in our state) along with many other positions in the organization, Dr. Lipsky was also one of six Councillors representing Arizona to the National Council of the American College of Emergency Physicians. Dr. Lipsky built, owned, and was the Medical Director for the first 24hr free-standing Emergicenter and Advanced Life Support Ambulance Service in Jamaica. In conjunction with USAID, Cornell Medical Center’s School of Public Health, the Ministry of Health and Environmental Control of Jamaica, and the U.S. Peace Corps, he participated in a successful program to stem infant mortality in rural areas.

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