Researchers have identified a blood test that may help predict how severely a baby will be affected by alcohol exposure during pregnancy, according to a study published November 9 in the journal PLOS ONE.

The study authors, from the University of California San Diego School of Medicine, Texas A&M College of Medicine and the Omni-Net Birth Defects Prevention Program in Ukraine, say the findings could facilitate early intervention to improve the health of infants and children who were prenatally exposed to alcohol, according to a UC San Diego news release.

Co-authors of the paper include: Sridevi Balarama, and Alexander M. Tseng, Texas A&M Health Science Center; and Lyubov Yevtushok, and Natalya Zymak-Zakutnya, Omni-Net Ukraine Birth Defects Prevention Program.

Funding for this research came, in part, from the National Institutes of Health/National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (grant numbers U01AA014835, U24AA014811, R01AA013440) and the Collaborative Initiative on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders.

Read the full text of the UC San Diego news release