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    Remote Enrollment Initiated in MGH Study Assessing Mood Symptoms Across Infertility Treatment

    We are pleased to announce the recent launch of an exciting new research initiative that is being conducted by the Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Women’s Mental Health.  The Symptom Tracking in Assisted Reproductive Technologies study (START study) will focus on understanding the risk factors for depressive relapse in women undergoing infertility treatments.  There has been a growing request in our clinical work to address the needs of women undergoing infertility treatments.  It is our hope that such a study will provide important information on the course and risk of depression in women undergoing fertility treatment and thus inform clinical care.

    Yet Another Study Investigating SSRIs and Their Impact on Neonatal Outcomes

    In a recent retrospective cohort study, data collected from linked records from the Women's and Children's Health Network in South Australia were used to investigate neonatal outcomes in children exposed prenatally to selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs).  Women were included in this study if they gave birth to a singleton, live-born infant between September 2000 and December 2008 (n = 33,965).

    SSRIs and Adverse Pregnancy Outcomes: Why You Can’t Just Read the Abstract

    Over the past few years, there have been a large number of studies which have relied on large administrative databases to generate information on the reproductive safety of various medications.  One of the strengths of this type of approach is that it provides an opportunity to observe outcomes in a large number of subjects; however, there are certain, very important limitations.  A recent study published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology helps to understand some of the challenges in interpreting the data generated from these studies.

    Research Study at CWMH: Bipolar Disorder in Pregnancy

    Are you an expectant mother? Do you have questions about bipolar disorder and antidepressants or mood-stabilizers during pregnancy? If you are pregnant and diagnosed with bipolar disorder (or manic depression), you may be eligible for this research study. Participants meet with research coordinators and psychiatrists who specialize in bipolar illness during pregnancy. For more information about this study, please contact Rachel at (617) 726-2912 or rvanderkruik@partners.org.

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