New Study: Taking Antidepressants While Pregnant May Not Be As Risky As Previously Thought
In 2006, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an advisory warning against the use of antidepressants late in pregnancy. These warnings presented pregnant mothers, also struggling with depression, with an unenviable choice – keep taking your medication and increase your newborn’s risk of persistent pulmonary hypertension, or risk your own mental health by going off the medication..
There may be hope yet. According to an article on CBSNews.com, a new study, conducted by Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, suggests that the risks are not as high as once thought.
Statins are primarily used for prevention of cardiovascular disease among otherwise healthy adults. While patients typically think of statins and the heart, various studies have shown they affect the body’s response to other diseases such as diabetes and prostate cancer.
According to a recent article published in Medical News Today, a new study published in the journal Diabetologia suggests that statins may more significantly increase a patient’s risk of type 2 diabetes than was previously thought. While studies have been circulating since 2013 about this, the current study’s authors explain that previous studies were limited and did not result in findings applicable to the general population.
California’s Continued Drought May Mean Another Tough Allergy Season
Many Californians are used to suffering from some form of allergy throughout most of the year, but during March, April and May, these problems intensify as the trees, grasses and flowers around us release new pollen. While one would assume that less rain means less production in the natural world, and therefore less pollen in the air, in reality, conditions brought on by a drought can actually make allergies worse.
The release of the Apple Watch last week caused a huge stir globally as early adopters and the merely curious got a closer look at Apple’s first line of wearable technology.
Not to be left behind, health technology companies have already started adapting existing phone apps for the new wearable screen. According to a TechCrunch article published earlier this month, here are three interesting new apps to keep an eye out for that are designed to help manage medications (among other things):
Mayo Clinic Study Re-Evaluates Dangers of Hormone Therapy for Hot Flashes
It’s common wisdom among women of a certain age that hot flashes and other symptoms caused by menopause are not pleasant. And yet, for over a decade, many women suffering from menopausal symptoms have veered away from taking hormone therapy after a large-scale study put forth by the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) raised concerns about the safety of post-menopausal women who had taken it.