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Weekly Roundup for MAY 4, 2018: Recent Publications in Women’s Mental Health

An updated meta-analysis (Zhou et al, 2018) did not reveal an association between antidepressant exposure during pregnancy and increased risk of autism spectrum disorders. It is noteworthy that this publication — one that would provide reassuring information to women making the decision to take or to avoid antidepressants during pregnancy — received no mention in […]

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Weekly Roundup for April 20, 2018: Recent Publications in Women’s Mental Health

The article that has received the most media attention over the last few weeks is at the top of the list.  We will be covering this in greater detail next week. In brief, this is a study where Lugo-Candelas and colleagues used structural and diffusion magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to examine brain development in children […]

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Weekly Roundup for March 30, 2018: Recent Publications in Women’s Mental Health

This week there are two very interesting articles which look at the impact of parental exposure to adverse childhood experiences may affect a child developmental outcomes.  Colker and colleagues note that about 20% of women with histories of psychiatric illness experience suicidal ideation during the postpartum period. Ruta Nonacs, MD PhD Parental Adverse Childhood Experiences […]

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Weekly Roundup for March 23, 2018: Recent Publications in Women’s Mental Health

  This week includes several good reviews.  The first one is a review of postpartum anxiety. Thomson and Sharma review the treatment of bipolar disorder during pregnancy.  And there is also a review of IPT for the treatment of perinatal depression. Ruta Nonacs, MD PhD Postnatal anxiety prevalence, predictors and effects on development: A narrative […]

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Weekly Roundup for March 9, 2018: Recent Publications in Women’s Mental Health

The first publication on the list, from Letourneau and colleagues, is a thorough review of interventions for antenatal and postpartum depression, many of them leading to improvements in parenting and child development.   Ruta Nonacs, MD PhD The effect of perinatal depression treatment for mothers on parenting and child development: A systematic review. Letourneau NL, […]

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Weekly Roundup for February 23, 2018: Recent Publications in Women’s Mental Health

Lupattelli and colleagues, analyzing data from the prospective Norwegian Mother and Child Cohort Study, look at the impact of prenatal SSRI exposure on children’s behavior.  Another study documents the deleterious effects of valproic acid exposure on children’s cognitive development (Elkjær et al, 2018). And a handful of studies looking at screening for perinatal depression and […]

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Weekly Roundup for February 16, 2018: Recent Publications in Women’s Mental Health

In two studies, researchers demonstrated that maternal depression during pregnancy is associated with worse child outcomes: more health problems in infants (Coburn et al 2018) and increased anxiety and depressive symptoms in older children (Glynn et al 2018).  Also of interest are the next two articles which indicate that depressive symptoms within the first day […]

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Weekly Roundup for February 9, 2018: Recent Publications in Women’s Mental Health

The article that grabbed my attention is the one at the top of the list, from May and colleagues, which suggests that fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) are probably more common than we had previously estimated.  Using a conservative method of estimation, the prevalence of FASD among first-graders in 4 US communities ranged from 1.1% […]

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Weekly Roundup for February 2, 2018: Recent Publications in Women’s Mental Health

The most important story of the week encompasses the first three articles.  In the first, Netsi and colleagues observe that persistent depressive symptoms in the mother are associated with behavioral and academic problems in the children and increased vulnerability to depression in adolescence.  However, Stein and colleagues have demonstrated that by intervening early and with […]

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Weekly Roundup for January 26, 2018: Recent Publications in Women’s Mental Health

In California, the recreational use of marijuana was legalized in 2017, but even before then, the use of marijuana has been increasing. A recent report (Young-Wolff et al, 2017) notes that in 2016, 7% of pregnant women tested positive for marijuana.   Ruta Nonacs, MD PhD Trends in Self-reported and Biochemically Tested Marijuana Use Among […]

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