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Certain Common Mental Health Disorders May Not Pose A Serious Threat To Pregnant Women, Health Of Their Babies

HealthDay (9/13, Preidt) reports, “Three common mental health disorders – depression, panic disorder and generalized anxiety disorder – pose no serious threat to pregnant women or the health of their” infants, researchers found after following some “2,600 pregnant women at 137 clinical practices in Connecticut and Massachusetts.” The findings were published online Sept. 13 in JAMA Psychiatry.

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— “Does Mother’s Mental Health Affect Pregnancy?,” Robert Preidt, HealthDay, September 13, 2017.

Suicide Attempts By Younger Adults Now On The Rise, Data Indicate

Reuters (9/13, Seaman) reports, “Young adults with low levels of education and people with mental health disorders bore the greatest burden of a recent increase in suicide attempts in the US,” researchers concluded.

HealthDay (9/13, Dotinga) reports that after examining “surveys of over 69,000 US adults taken from 2004-2005 and 2012-2013,” then adjusting the data for confounding factors, investigators found that “the risk of suicide attempts was ‘significantly higher’ among certain groups, including: those aged 21 to 34 (compared to those 65 and up); those with only a high school education (compared to college grads); and those with antisocial, anxiety and depressive disorders (compared to others).” The findings were published online Sept. 13 in JAMA Psychiatry.

Healio (9/13, Oldt) reports the author of an accompanying editorial “reflected on the public health impact” of the study’s findings, writing, “Given the cumulative frequency of family, legal and financial problems, it behooves us to look beyond the walls of our clinics and offices to engage vulnerable individuals and families in diverse settings such as courts and jails, social service agencies, and perhaps the streets long before they have become ‘suicidal.’” Also covering the story are Medscape (9/13, Brooks) and Psychiatric News (9/13).

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— “U.S. suicide attempts up most among younger adults, less educated,” Andrew M. Seaman, Reuters, September 13, 2017.

An easy opportunity to screen moms for postpartum depression

In continuing coverage, CNN (9/12, Scutti) reports, “Screening mothers for depression during early well-child visits led to significantly fewer reports of depression at nine months postpartum,” researchers found after studying some 3,000 women in the Netherlands. The study revealed that only “3% of the screened mothers experienced minor or major depression at nine months postpartum, compared with 8.4% of the mothers who weren’t screened during the visits.” The findings were published online Sept. 12 in Pediatrics. Psychiatric News (9/11) also covered the story.

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— “An easy opportunity to screen moms for postpartum depression,” Susan Scutti, CNN, September 12, 2017.

More Than A Third Of Transgender High School Students In California Reported Having Suicidal Thoughts In The Past Year

Healio (9/12, Leitenberger) reports, “More than a third of transgender high school students in California reported having suicidal thoughts in the past year, almost twice that of their cisgender peers,” researchers found after evaluating “data on more than 910,000 high school students who participated in the 2013 to 2015 California Healthy Kids Survey, and a weighted subsample of almost 36,000 students representative of the state’s student population.” The findings were published in the September issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry.

Related Links:

— “Transgender youth nearly twice as likely to report suicidal thoughts,” Perez-Brumer A, et al., Healio, September 12, 2017.

Folic Acid Taken By Mother Around Time Of Conception May Reduce Child’s Risk Of Pesticide-Related Autism

HealthDay (9/8, Preidt) reported, “By taking folic acid around the time of conception, mothers-to-be may reduce their child’s risk of pesticide-related autism,” researchers found after examining data on “300 children aged 2 to 5 with autism and 220 without the developmental disorder.” The findings were published online Sept. 8 in Environmental Health Perspectives.

Related Links:

— “Could Folic Acid Fight a Cause of Autism?,” Robert Preidt, HealthDay, September 8, 2017.

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