April 25, 2014

Linked to Male Child Autism

1 Anti-Depressants During Pregnancy Alert

Selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are the most frequently prescribed drugs for depression and anxiety thanks to their high success rate and general safety, but this may not hold for expectant mothers. A new study by Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the MIND Institute at U.C. Davis has found that there is a distinct association between prenatal use of SSRIs and developmental problems in the male offspring. Specifically, boys diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder or some other developmental drawback from the ages of two five were three times as likely to have been exposed to SSRIs in the form of their mother's medication while in utero. Researchers urged women and doctors to "balance the risks versus the benefits of taking these medications."

More at Upi.com | Posted 3 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: 1 in 110 Kids Has Autism Says CDC

Tags: Causes of Autism, Anti-Depressants and Autism, Dangers of Anti-Depressants, SSRIs During Pregnancy

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Highest Level in 20 Years

2 Measles Cases Are on the Rise in U.S.

Cases of measles in the U.S. are at their highest level in 20 years, reports the Centers for Disease Control with 13 outbreaks and 129 cases in 2014. California, with 58 cases, is recording the highest numbers. The average for the state, in the past 13 years, was 9 cases. The CDC says the high number of cases is due to people visiting the Phillippines which is currently experiencing an outbreak with at least 20,000 confirmed or suspected cases of the illness. Another reason may be doctors’ lack of experience in diagnosing measles. Many have never seen it due to the success of the vaccine. Symptoms include fever, cough, conjunctivitis and a rash. The CDC recommends that children receive 2 doses of the vaccine beginning at one year of age, with the second dose between the ages of 4 and 6.

More at CNN.com | Posted 3 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Measles Making a Rapid Comeback

Tags: CDC, Centers for Disease Control, Measles, Measles Outbreak, Rash, Measles Vaccine

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Sip a Cat'achino

3 Pop-Up Cat Cafe Opens in New York City

Purina One has opened up the very first cat cafe in the U.S. The pop-up cat cafe in New York City features cats available for adoption through Sunday, April 27. Visitors can play with the cats while they sip a cat'achino with a cat face drawn in the foam! The pop-up cat cafe is drawing huge crowds and "window shoppers" who admire the cats available for adoption from North Shore Animal League. One of the goals of the cat cafe is to educate people about cats. And some "non cat people" who wander in just may find that cats are much more fun than they previously thought. Visit the cat cafe live stream!

More at Mashable | Posted 3 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: First Cat Cafe for Italy Opens

Tags: Cat'achino, Pop Up Cat Cafe, Purina One Cat Cafe, First Cat Cafe in US, Fun Things Do NYC, Live Stream Cat Cafe

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