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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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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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MCPAP for Moms: Exploring New Strategies for Providing Care to Women with Perinatal Depression

We are clearly making big strides in terms of increasing public awareness of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, but we still have a long way to go when it comes to providing access to mental health professionals with expertise in this area.  We have demonstrated that screening for perinatal depression can be carried out successfully […]

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Risk of Neonatal Morbidity in Infants Exposed to SSRIs

A few days ago, an article was published in the journal Pediatrics on neonatal morbidity observed in children exposed to antidepressants.  Although this article is likely to find its way into the headlines, it is important to note that the information presented here is nothing new.  Similar to previous studies, the Pediatrics study reveals higher […]

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Prenatal Exposure to Levetiracetam and Topiramate: No Evidence of Cognitive Deficits

Many of the newer antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) have uses beyond the treatment of epilepsy.  Topiramate (marketed as a Topamax), in addition to its use for the treatment of epilepsy, is now being prescribed to reproductive aged women for a broad spectrum of indications, including migraine headaches, weight control, and mood stabilization.  Limited information is available […]

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Preliminary Study: Folic Acid Reduces Risk for Autism in Kids Prenatally Exposed to Antiepileptic Drugs

Several studies have observed that fetal exposure to the antiepileptic drug (AED), valproic acid (Depakote), may significantly increase the risk of having a child with an autism spectrum disorder.  In contrast, exposures to other AEDs, including carbamazepine (Tegretol), oxcarbazepine (Trileptal), and lamotrigine (Lamictal), have not been associated with an increased risk of autism spectrum disorder […]

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When It Comes to Pregnancy, Bad Timing May Be a Risk Factor for Depression

In early studies designed to identify specific risk factors for postpartum depression, unplanned pregnancy was identified as a relatively weak predictor of postpartum depression.  But there are many different types of unplanned pregnancy. For example, an unplanned but desired pregnancy is distinct from an unplanned and unwanted pregnancy.  Or what about a pregnancy that is […]

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New Research from the CWMH: Evaluating the Risk of Major Malformations in Children Prenatally Exposed to Atypical Antipsychotics

Despite the increasing use of the newer “atypical” or second-generation antipsychotic agents to treat a spectrum of psychiatric disorders, including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depression, PTSD and other anxiety disorders, we have relatively little data on the reproductive safety of these newer atypical agents. In response to this deficit, the National Pregnancy Registry for Atypical […]

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New Research from the CWMH: Evaluating the Risk of Major Malformations in Children Prenatally Exposed to Atypical Antipsychotics

Despite the increasing use of the newer “atypical” or second-generation antipsychotic agents to treat a spectrum of psychiatric disorders, including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depression, PTSD and other anxiety disorders, we have relatively little data on the reproductive safety of these newer atypical agents. In response to this deficit, the National Pregnancy Registry for Atypical […]

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