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Antibiotics prescribed too often to pregnant women

7th April 2009

Researchers have found GPs are too often giving pregnant women courses of antibiotics, in spite of the possible danger to the developing baby.

The study, by researchers at University College London, showed that 35% of pregnant women were given medication. Study leader Dr Irene Petersen, senior research fellow in primary care and population health at UCL, said: "Further research is urgently needed in view of emerging evidence that maternal antibiotics can potentially affect long-term neurological outcomes, gut flora and immune development in children."

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