Vitamin C’s effects on children whose mothers smoked during pregnancy explored at chemists’ monthly dinner discussion

When you hear about vitamin C at this time of year (winter), it’s usually in relation to treating colds, albeit science hasn’t confirmed all of the claims about its efficacy.

However, on Jan. 14, you can hear about scientific research on another aspect of vitamin C: How taking it during pregnancy may affect the impact of maternal smoking on fetal development.

Pregnant smokers who took vitamin C gave birth to children who had better outcomes in the first year of life than those who did not. Naama y.m. | Freeimages.com

Taking vitamin C during pregnancy for mothers who smoked yielded better outcomes in the first year of life for their children than those who did not, according to one research trial. Naama y.m. | Freeimages.com

It’s part of the monthly dinner meeting of the American Chemical Society’s Portland Section. Presenter will be Dr. Cynthia McEvoy of Oregon Health and Science University.

McEvoy, who teaches pediatrics at OHSU, and colleagues have published initial data suggesting that vitamin C supplements may be a safe and inexpensive means of decreasing the impact that smoking during pregnancy has on childhood respiratory health. Such interventions are aimed at about 12 percent of pregnant women who continue to smoke while pregnant, despite anti-smoking public health campaigns.

McEvoy and colleagues have shown in a randomized, placebo-controlled trial that babies born to pregnant smokers who took vitamin C had significantly better lung function at birth and decreased wheezing through their first year of life as compared to those in the placebo group. A subsequent trial involving a larger, more diverse population in the Northwest and in Indiana is now underway.

McEvoy’s talk will begin at 7:45 p.m. and be preceded by a social time at 6 p.m. and a buffet dinner at 6:45 p.m. All will be held in Reed College’s Vollum Lounge, Vollum Center, 3203 S.E. Woodstock Blvd.

The event is open to the public, and dinner costs $20, with discounts available for unemployed ACS members and K-12 teachers and students.

For more information and to reserve a meal, go to the event’s page on Google Docs or call ACS Portland at 503-912-4360. Meal reservation deadline is Jan. 12. However, if you miss the meal deadline, you can still attend the presentation portion of the event. Typically, the talks without dinner are free, but check with ACS before attending.

Susannah L. Bodman
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