How does it matter what kind of medications the father-to-be takes?

Dr. Jacqueline Cohen, Postdoc at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health spent six weeks at the PharmaSafe group. Her research interests have now been featured on

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It is well established that various medications can influence fetal development and health. However, most researchers only look at the mothers and their medications. Jacqueline Cohen, however, focuses on the father's medications. At first glance, this approach does not seem to make a lot of sense since these can hardly have any biological effect on the developing fetus.

But IF you were to find a connection between medications taken by the father and fetal development, this would suggest that there are OTHER underlying causes and factors involved. In this case, the results might exonerate the mother's medication.

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Published June 22, 2016 12:57 PM - Last modified July 4, 2017 1:33 PM