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2012-02-10 18:27:15

Weekday delivery is no better than night or weekend delivery for infants with birth defects, according to a new study presented today at The Pregnancy Meeting, the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine´s annual conference. The finding is good news for all parties — moms, babies and healthcare teams — and suggests that this high-risk population of women should deliver when their bodies are ready to deliver, regardless of the day or time. The study, conducted by researchers at...

2012-02-06 20:30:00

According to the study published on January 12st 2012, in the British Medical Journey infants born to women treated with SSRIs, which includes Paxil, in late pregnancy, had a two-fold increased risk for persistent pulmonary hypertension compared with infants born to women who did not use SSRIs. Paxil is a popular anti-depressant prescribed for depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, post- traumatic stress and premenstrual dysphonic disorder. In December 2011, GlaxoSmithKline (the...

2012-01-18 14:07:00

CHICAGO, Jan. 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Pregnancy is an exciting time filled with hopeful anticipation, and most pregnancies are uneventful and result in healthy babies. Pregnancy, however, is not entirely without risk, leading some expectant parents to worry about birth defects and whether they'll give birth to a healthy baby. To view the multimedia assets associated with this release, please click: http://multivu.prnewswire.com/mnr/birthdefects/50829/ (Photo:...

2012-01-10 08:00:00

The US Drug Watchdog is urging women who were using Zoloft, or Prozac, while pregnant, and then gave birth to a baby with birth defects, to contact them immediately. According to the US FDA, "Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, better known as SSRI´s, are used as an antidepressant. SSRI Antidepressants have a known link to birth defects when taken while pregnant. Some of the more popular brands of Zoloft and Prozac are included." The US Drug Watchdog fears potentially thousands of...

2012-01-09 06:00:00

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 9, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- January 8-14th is considered Folic Acid Awareness Week and is a good time for people to be reminded of the importance of getting some of that vitamin each day. Folic acid is an essential B vitamin, and a lack of it can lead to birth defects. It also serves a variety of functions within the body and a shortage or absence of it can lead to health problems. "Folic acid is important to our health, yet many people are not even familiar with what it is or...

2011-12-14 10:20:27

More than one baby in every 50 is born with a birth defect (congenital anomaly) according to the latest annual report by the British Isles Network of Congenital Anomaly Registers (BINOCAR) — significantly more common than previously reported estimates of around one in 80. The study — led by researchers at Queen Mary, University of London and commissioned by the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP) — is the most up-to-date and comprehensive of its kind,...

2011-12-13 12:14:03

A large, retrospective study shows that children of childhood cancer survivors who received prior treatment involving radiation to testes or ovaries and/or chemotherapy with alkylating agents do not have an increased risk for birth defects compared to children of survivors who did not have such cancer treatment. The findings provide reassurance that increased risks of birth defects are unlikely for cancer survivors who are concerned about the potential effects of their treatment on their...

2011-12-12 12:50:55

Research on the same protein that was a primary mediator of the birth defects caused by thalidomide now holds hope in the battle against multiple myeloma, says the study's senior investigator, Keith Stewart, M.B., Ch.B. of Mayo Clinic in Arizona. Dr. Stewart presented the results at the 53rd annual meeting of the American Society of Hematology in San Diego. The drug thalidomide achieved infamy in the early 1960s as the cause of severe birth defects after being given to pregnant mothers for...

2011-12-08 16:55:00

PaxilLawsuit.com is the largest online resource site for families dealing with Paxil birth defects Orlando, FL (PRWEB) December 08, 2011 The Paxil Resource Center at PaxilLawsuit.com was launched to help those families dealing with a child born with birth defects after taking Paxil during pregnancy. Thousands of people with questions about the drug's side effects have visited for help, however, millions more families may have been affected by this drug. Experts in the United States and...

2011-11-29 08:00:00

ZoloftLawsuitCenter.com is the largest online resource center for those affected by Zoloft birth defects Orlando, FL (PRWEB) November 29, 2011 Despite warnings about the safety of taking antidepressants during pregnancy and the multiple lawsuits filed by parents of children born with birth defects, experts say it is unlikely that companies like Pfizer will voluntarily recall a drug like Zoloft. Several studies and the Food and Drug Administration have warned that taking antidepressant drugs...