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Obesity in early pregnancy may link to epilepsy in offspring, study finds

BMJ 2017; 357 doi: (Published 05 April 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;357:j1712
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

Being overweight or obese in early pregnancy is associated with increased risk for childhood epilepsy in offspring, a nationwide study in Sweden has reported.1

Epilepsy is one of the most common neurological disorders of childhood, but its cause is poorly understood, and no definitive cause is identified in more than 60% of cases. Several studies have found increased risks of intellectual disability, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, …

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