Volume 11 Issue 262
Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 5-Oct-2009 
Next Update - 14:00 UC 08:00 EST 6-Oct-2009

Editor: Susan K. Boyer, RN
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Antidepressant use during pregnancy associated with some adverse outcomes in newborns

Exposure to a certain class of antidepressant medications during pregnancy may be associated with an increased risk of preterm birth, a low five-minute Apgar score (a measure of overall health of the baby) and admission to the neonatal intensive care unit, according to a report in the October issue of Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. more  

Cocaine vaccine may help some reduce drug use

A vaccine to treat cocaine dependence appears to reduce use of the drug in a subgroup of individuals who attain high anticocaine antibody levels in response, according to a report in the October issue of Archives of General Psychiatry, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. However, only 38 percent of vaccinated individuals produced high enough antibody levels and those who did maintained them for only two months. more

Mediterranean diet associated with reduced risk of depression

Individuals who follow the Mediterranean dietary pattern—rich in vegetables, fruits, nuts, whole grains and fish—appear less likely to develop depression, according to a report in the October issue of Archives of General Psychiatry, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. more  

Air pollution may trigger appendicitis

A new study in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal) suggests that air pollution may trigger appendicitis in adults. more

Novel breast tissue feature may predict woman's cancer risk  

Mayo Clinic researchers have found that certain structural features within breast tissue can indicate a woman's individual cancer risk. The findings appear online today in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. more

Suboptimal care before age 65 may lead to higher medicare costs for previously uninsured adults  

Growing evidence suggests that health insurance benefits the long-term health of adults with treatable illnesses. Conversely, patients without health insurance often receive suboptimal care that can result in irreversible complications, elevated clinical risks, or delay of costly elective procedures. more

Higher folates, not antioxidants, can reduce hearing loss risk in men

Increased intakes of antioxidant vitamins have no bearing on whether or not a man will develop hearing loss, but higher folate intake can decrease his risk by 20 percent, according to new research presented at the 2009 American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Foundation more

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SSRIs have been shown to readily cross the placenta and appear in the umbilical cord blood of infants whose mothers took them