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DRUGS DURING PREGNANCY MAY IMPERIL OFFSPRING

Drugs taken during pregnancy may have effects upon the young that don't show up for years, a University of Rochester neuroscientist is finding.

Laboratory rats whose mothers took the tranquilizer diazepam appear normal in early life, according to Dr. Carol Kellogg. But signs that their brains process information differently emerge later."These animals don't respond the way that others do," Kellogg says. "That's characteristic of many disorders. An environmental cue that evokes a certain behavior in you or me evokes a different response in schizophrenics, for instance."