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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.

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

DACA tied to better mental health for children of immigrants

Reuters (9/8, Rapaport) reported, “Protecting young undocumented immigrants known as ‘dreamers’ from deportation may also help lower the risk of mental health problems for their US-born children,” researchers concluded after examining data on “5,653 mothers in Oregon born just before and after the cutoff for DACA eligibility.” The findings were published online Sept. 8 in the journal Science.

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— “DACA tied to better mental health for children of immigrants,” Lisa Rapaprt, Reuters, September 8, 2017.

Screening For Postpartum Depression In Well-Child Care May Be Associated With Lower Rates Of Depression

Healio (9/7, Oldt) reports, “Screening for postpartum depression in well-child care was associated with lower rates of depression and improvements in parenting, anxiety and mental health functioning when compared with usual care,” researchers concluded in a study involving some 3,089 mothers. The findings were published online Sept. 5 in Pediatrics.

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— “Postpartum depression screening in well-child care lowers maternal depression rates,” van der Zee-van den Berg AI, et al., Healio, September 7, 2017.

Anorexia Nervosa Patients Who Resume Menstruation By End Of Treatment Improve Psychologically

Young Women With Anorexia Nervosa Who Resume Menstruation By End Of Treatment May Experience Greater Improvement In Psychological, Physiological Well-Being Than Those Who Do Not, Small Study Suggests.
Medscape (9/7, Davenport) reports, “Young women with anorexia nervosa (AN) who resume menstruation by the end of treatment experience greater improvement in both psychological and physiologic well-being than those who do not,” researchers found after studying 39 women with AN and 40 women with bulimia nervosa. The findings were presented at the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology Congress.

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No Increased Risk For Alzheimer’s In Prostate Cancer Patients Treated With ADT

Medscape (9/6, Jenkins) reports that researchers found “no increased risk for Alzheimer’s disease following treatment with androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) in a group of men age 67 years and older with advanced prostate cancer.” The research was published online in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. This “finding contrasts with recent reports suggesting that there is an increased risk for cognitive impairment in patients who receive ADT.”

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