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Weekly Roundup for JANUARY 20, 2017: Recent Publications in Women’s Mental Health

Happy New Year!  We are not even three weeks into January, and it promises to be a busy year.  At the top of the list is the study from Cantarutti and colleagues which observed that depression in itself, rather than antidepressant medication, might increase risk for preterm birth and low birth weight. There are also […]

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Is BDNF a Biomarker for Depression During Pregnancy and the Postpartum Period?

Brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) is a growth factor which acts on neurons in both the central and peripheral nervous systems, promoting the survival of neurons and promoting the growth and differentiation of new neurons and synapses.  In the brain, it is most active in the hippocampus, cortex, and basal forebrain—areas important  to learning, memory, and […]

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Pregnancy Termination Does Not Affect Women’s Long-term Mental Health or Well-Being

The US Surgeon General made the recommendation in 1989 that a five-year longitudinal cohort study was necessary to provide data about the health effects of an elective termination on women. To rise to this challenge, the Turnaway Study was launched at the University of California, San Francisco Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health. This prospective, […]

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Postpartum Depression in Women with No History of Psychiatric Illness

Most studies observe that about 15% of women experience postpartum depression (PPD).  For the majority of women who present with postpartum depression, the postpartum episode is not the first ever episode of depression and instead represents a recurrence.  These women report a pattern of recurrent depressive illness consisting of both puerperal and nonpuerperal episodes.   […]

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USPSTF Emphasizes Periconceptual Use of Folic Acid to Prevent Birth Defects

Neural tube defects are among the most common major congenital anomalies in the United States and are associated with significant disability and death.  The risk of neural tube defects can be prevented with daily folic acid supplementation in the periconceptional period.  However, most women do not receive the recommended daily intake of folate.  January 5–11 […]

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The 50-year Quest for Better Pregnancy Data

The following post was first published in OB/GYN News. Please see our OB/GYN News archives here. Publish date: November 1, 2016 By: Gerald G. Briggs, BPharm, FCCP, Christina Chambers, PhD, MPH, Lee S. Cohen, MD, & Gideon Koren, MD Editor’s note: As Ob.Gyn. News celebrates its 50th anniversary, we wanted to know how far the medical community has come in identifying and […]

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Use of Marijuana on the Rise in Pregnant Women

According to research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, there has been a significant increase in the use of marijuana among pregnant women over the last decade.  Among all pregnant women, the prevalence of marijuana use (assessed in the past month) increased from 2.37%  in 2002 to 3.85% in 2014 (prevalence ratio […]

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In Brief: Yoga as Add-on Therapy for Psychosis in Women With Schizophrenia

An increasing number of studies are using yoga as an adjunctive or primary treatment for a variety of psychiatric symptoms, most commonly depression, anxiety and sleep disturbance.  A new study, published online in Schizophrenia Research, explores the use of yoga in women with psychosis. In this study, 124 women diagnosed within five years of onset […]

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