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Use Of Lithium During First Trimester Not As Risky As Once Thought, Study Suggests

Reuters (6/7, Emery) reports on a study finding that women taking lithium for bipolar disorders during their first trimester of pregnancy are not as much at risk of having a child with a heart malformation as once believed. The article reports, “In the analysis of 1.3 million pregnancies, the overall rate of heart malformation in the babies of women treated with lithium was 2.41 percent versus 1.15 percent for women not exposed to the drug, representing a relative risk increase of 65 percent for babies of mothers taking the drug.” However this risk is “a much more modest risk in cardiac effects” than once believed. The findings were published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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— “Risk of heart defect in babies of women on lithium is less than thought,”Gene Emery, Reuters, June 07, 2017.

Many Women In Rural Areas With Postpartum Depression Struggle To Find Help Or Treatment

The Huffington Post (6/7, Fraga) reports many women in rural America who suffer from postpartum depression struggle to find help or get treatment. The article adds that postpartum depression is the most common complication of pregnancy and affects almost one-fifth of new mothers.

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— “What It’s Like To Have Postpartum Depression In Rural America,”Juli Fraga, The Huffington Post, June 07, 2017.

Depression Affects About A Third Of Hospital Patients, May Slow Their Recovery, Review Finds

HealthDay (6/9, Preidt) reported, “Depression affects about one-third of hospital patients and could slow their recovery,” researchers found after reviewing data from “20 studies on depression screening in hospitals.” The findings were published in the May 2016 issue of the Journal of Hospital Medicine.

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— “Depression Can Slow Hospital Patients’ Recovery: Study,”Robert Preidt, HealthDay, June 06, 2017.

Older Adults Reporting Persistent Moderate-To-Severe Pain May Have An Increased Risk For Memory Decline, Dementia, Research Suggests

Healio (6/5, Tedesco) reports, “Elders reporting persistent moderate-to-severe pain have an increased risk for memory decline and dementia,” researchers found after evaluating data on some “10,065 community-dwelling older adults aged 62 years or older in 2000 who had participated in the Health and Retirement Study.” Participants “were interviewed in 1998 and 2000 and answered questions on pain and cognition.” The findings were published online June 5 in JAMA Internal Medicine. Psychiatric News (6/5) also covers the study.

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— “Persistent pain associated with accelerated cognitive decline,”Alaina Tedesco, Healio, June 5, 2017.

Binge Drinking Rate Among Women Over The Age Of 60 May Be Increasing, Study Suggests

The Huffington Post (6/2, Brenoff) reported the binge drinking rate among women over the age of 60 has been increasing, according to the findings of study conducted by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism and published in the May issue of Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research. Researchers arrived at the study’s conclusion after examining data on some 65,000 respondents to the 1997 to 2014 National Health Interview Surveys. The article pointed out that “the risk of alcohol-related liver diseases and memory loss is higher for women than for men, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.”

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— “The Face Of Binge Drinking In The U.S. Is A 60+ White Woman,”Ann Brenoff, The Huffington Post, June 02, 2017.

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