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Center for Disease Control Calls for More Research About the Safety of Using Antidepressant Medications During Pregnancy

February 2nd, 2016

In the CDC’s most recent Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, the agency calls for greater research on antidepressant drug use during pregnancy. The CDC’s research in the past has indicated that there may be a link between the use of SSRI antidepressant medications during pregnancy and an increased risk of serious birth defects in children.

The CDC’s National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD) is working to improve the health of mothers and their children with their new Treating for Two initiative. Treating for Two aims to work with pregnant women to identify safer treatment options.

Read more about the CDC’s Treating for Two initiative here.

Complications from Fetal Macrosomia Baby after birth

A baby born weighing more than 8 pounds 13 ounces (or 4,000 grams) weighs significantly more than the average baby, and so meets the definition for macrosomia, or “big baby syndrome”, which carries with it the risk of injury during delivery.   If the baby’s birthweight is even greater – 9 pounds 15 ounces (or 4,500 grams) and above – the chance of injury during birth is even higher. Roughly 10% of all babies born within…

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Dangerous carcinogens discovered in heart medication Valsartan

In July of 2018, concerns about cancer prompted the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) to issue a voluntary recall for the blood pressure and heart medication Valsartan. Doctors prescribe Valsartan for patients to treat their high blood pressure and congestive heart failure.  Pharmacies are sending letters to patients who have been taking Valsartan, advising them that the drug may contain the cancer causing chemicals Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) and Nitrosodiethylamine (NDEA). A Chinese company, Zhejiang Huahai Pharmaceutical…

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Seizure Activity in Newborns – Hypoxia

According to the Florida Neonatal Neurological Network about 20 out of every 1,000 full term births will be affected by a lack of oxygen to the brain (hypoxia) during labor and delivery.  Babies who are born prematurely are at even greater risk, because their lungs are not fully developed and they are unable to fully manage breathing on their own. Hypoxia is the most frequent cause of seizure activity in newborns and can cause additional…

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Periventricular Leukomalacia in Newborns

Periventricular leukomalacia (PVL) is an injury to the brain which occurs when tissue deep in the baby’s brain, called the white matter, dies away or is damaged.   If a baby’s brain does not receive enough oxygen during labor and delivery, the brain cells in the baby’s white matter can die or be damaged.  The patches of damaged or dying brain cells which lead to a diagnosis of PVL can be seen on brain imaging studies,…

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