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Dr Rosemary Leonard asks if GPs are failing to warn their pregnant patients about the risks of one of the UK's most widely-used epileptic drugs. Mark Jordan exposes the boom in secret garden homes, and the lengths landlords go to to conceal them. And Matthew Wright reveals how the Port authorities prepared for the Queen's diamond jubilee - one of the biggest events in the history of the Thames.

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29 minutes

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Mon 25 Feb 2013 19:30
BBC One London

Epilepsy drug risks and pregnancy

Epilepsy drug risks and pregnancy

Concern is growing that mothers-to-be are not aware enough of the dangers of an epilepsy drug known to cause severe abnormalities in foetuses.


Sodium valproate has long been known to increase babies' risk of cleft palate and spina bifida.


Now new research has revealed some babies exposed to the drug also have mental problems and a survey found 25% of mothers were unaware of the risks.


The drug's manufacturers insist they have always warned of the dangers.


Read the full story on the BBC News website.


Role Contributor
PresenterMatthew Wright
ReporterMark Jordan

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