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Weekly Roundup for January 12, 2018: Recent Publications in Women’s Mental Health

The two most important articles of late present the results of two studies (Levine et al 2018, Bjork et al 2018) demonstrating that periconceptual use of folic acid reduces the risk of having a child with autism or autistic traits.  The first study assessed risk in all women; the second focused on the risk in […]

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Weekly Roundup for December 22, 2017: Recent Publications in Women’s Mental Health

The article that has received the most attention is the one on the use of stimulants during pregnancy, focusing on the risk of cardiovascular malformations.  While the media has focused on certain findings, the overall picture is good.  You can read more here. Association Between Methylphenidate and Amphetamine Use in Pregnancy and Risk of Congenital […]

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Weekly Roundup for December 1, 2017: Recent Publications in Women’s Mental Health

Postpartum Depression Screening Tools: A Review. Psychosomatics 2017. No tool could be deemed best at accurately detecting PPD on the basis of sensitivity and specificity. Additionally, there was no recommended time period in which screening should be done. It Is Time for Routine Screening for Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders in Obstetrics and Gynecology Settings. […]

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Weekly Roundup for November 24, 2017: Recent Publications in Women’s Mental Health

  This week there are some very interesting articles looking at the effects of negative childhood experiences on risk for postpartum depression and impaired mother-infant bonding.  In a large population-based study, Meltzer-Brody and colleagues reported that adverse life events experienced during childhood, primarily the result of to parental psychopathology, are at increased risk of postpartum […]

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Weekly Roundup for November 17, 2017: Recent Publications in Women’s Mental Health

The article that received the most attention this week is one examining the risks associated with the use of stimulants to treat ADHD during pregnancy (Cohen JM et al, 2017).  There were no real surprises here, but the study suffers from many of the same shortcomings as other studies investigating the effects of other psychotropic […]

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Weekly Roundup for November 3, 2017: Recent Publications in Women’s Mental Health

The comorbidity of Axis I disorders in depressed pregnant women. Dindo L, Elmore A, O’Hara M, Stuart S.  Arch Womens Ment Health. 2017 Aug 25. Researchers observed high rates of anxiety disorders among women both with and without current major depression, although depressed women reported higher rates of generalized anxiety disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder. […]

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Weekly Roundup for October 27, 2017: Recent Publications in Women’s Mental Health

This week, we have two studies from the Center for Women’s Mental Health — one looking at risk for gestational diabetes in women treated with second generation antipsychotic medications during pregnancy and the other on the use of vortioxetine in perimenopausal women.   Ruta Nonacs, MD PhD Gestational Weight Gain and Pre-pregnancy Body Mass Index […]

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

The first two studies highlight the issues we face with regard to taking care of women with perinatal mood and anxiety disorders.  Women who screen positive for postpartum depression often do not seek or are not able to access care.  Thus, we must find innovative approaches to delivering treatment to this vulnerable population.   Ruta […]

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Weekly Roundup for October 6, 2017: Recent Publications in Women’s Mental Health

Some interesting articles this week: understanding the impact of anxiety disorders on pregnancy outcomes (Yonkers et al), impact of antenatal exposure to antidepressants during pregnancy on risk of subsequent psychiatric illness in the child (Liu et al), and a look at risk for substance abuse disorders during pregnancy ( Ruta Nonacs, MD PhD Rasmussen MH, […]

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