Practitioner Course

Acetaminophen Neurotoxicity

Explore the negative, long-term consequences of exposure to paracetamol during pregnancy and early childhood. 

Online Course
1 lesson


12 Months OR Subscriber Pass


90 min/lesson
1.5 Hours total


William Parker

About this course

Negative, long-term consequences of exposure to paracetamol during pregnancy and, to a lesser extent, early childhood, are receiving increasing attention in the media and in the scientific community.

This seminar will cover available information on this topic and give the clinician an understanding of current knowledge regarding the risks and benefits of the drug. In particular, compelling evidence will be considered which indicates that exposure to paracetamol between birth and early childhood is far riskier than exposure to the foetus during pregnancy.
What you receive:
  • Clear protocol explanations from some of the world's top practitioners
  • Clinical pearls for improved practice results
  • Access to your audio and video recordings via the App Store
  • A downloadable PDF of the presenter’s slides
  • Links to all referenced research papers and useful clinical handouts
  • Access to the community hub where you can get answers to your questions
  • A 30-day money back guarantee

From this course you will

  • Update your knowledge regarding the neurodevelopmental risks of exposure to paracetamol during pregnancy
  • Learn about the current knowledge regarding the neurodevelopmental risks of exposure to paracetamol after birth and during early childhood
  • Explore the effectiveness of this drug, antidotes for toxicity, and appropriate versus inappropriate pediatric use
  • A history of paracetamol use and the reasons for the disconnect between scientific knowledge and clinical practice

What's in this course

Your Presenter

William Parker

Best known for the discovery of the function of the human vermiform appendix (a safe-house for bacteria), William Parker has spent almost a decade studying the impact of paracetamol (acetaminophen) combined with oxidative stress on neurodevelopment.

His work using laboratory animal models, published in PloS One in 2021, showed that, even with oxidative stress minimized, exposure of newborns to paracetamol at currently accepted doses has long term effects on brain function, unfortunately leading to an increase in non-social behavior later in life. His most recent work, soon to be published in the European Journal of Pediatrics, traces the history of paracetamol use and identifies the mistakes that were made which led to its currently widespread use in the pediatric population.

William has published 140 peer reviewed papers, and, following retiring from Duke University after almost 28 years there, is continuing his work on paracetamol and neurodevelopment through the non-profit research company WPLab, Inc.