Dr. William Parker Describes New Research that Shows an Increased Risk of Autism When Infants are Exposed to Acetaminophen During Pregnancy or Early Childhood

Dr. William Parker

New research shows that acetaminophen use during pregnancy or early childhood increases risk of autism in at-risk infants

Mounting evidence indicates that acetaminophen use during pregnancy, and especially during infancy and early childhood, causes brain damage in at-risk children. Evidence that points specifically toward causation rather than simple associations will be identified. Factors that put babies at risk for acetaminophen-induced brain damage, including inflammation and male gender, will be discussed, and the apparent link between acetaminophen and autism will be examined in some detail. Finally, what is known regarding the safety and use of acetaminophen, which was “grandfathered” past the current drug approval process, will be examined. Dr. William Parker presents findings of a recent article in this Praeclarus Press webinar.

At the end of this webinar you will be able to:

Describe the current use of acetaminophen (paracetamol), both recommended and otherwise

Describe studies of acetaminophen safety that were conducted during pregnancy and in children

Describe results of studies examining the neurotoxicity of acetaminophen during pregnancy and in children

Describe the nature of circumstantial evidence pointing at acetaminophen-induced neurotoxicity during brain development

Describe the risk factors for acetaminophen-induced neurotoxicity

William Parker has worked at Duke University since 1993, and has published over 100 peer reviewed articles on various topics associated with biology and chemistry. He is best known for the discovery of the function of the human appendix and his work on the causes of inflammation in modern society. His most recent work, in collaboration with a team…

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