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No Sign That ADHD Meds in Pregnancy Can Raise Odds for ADHD, Autism in Kids

No Sign That ADHD Meds in Pregnancy Can Raise Odds for ADHD, Autism in KidsTUESDAY, Feb. 14, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Children who were exposed to attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) medications their moms took during pregnancy are not more prone to neurodevelopmental disorders such as ADHD or autism, researchers report.The news may be welcome to women who’ve needed to take ADHD medication throughout their pregnancy. “We can see that the number of women of childbearing age who are medicated for ADHD is rapidly increasing, and therefore it is very important to garner more knowledge to be able to counsel these women,” said study co-author Dr. Veerle Bergink, director of the Women’s Mental Health Program at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City. “We know that there is an increased risk of accidents or losing a job when...

Kids Visiting ER in Mental Crisis Often Get No Follow-Up

13 February 2023
Kids Visiting ER in Mental Crisis Often Get No Follow-UpMONDAY, Feb. 13, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- A growing number of U.S. kids are landing in hospital emergency rooms for a mental health crisis. Now a new study finds that many do not get follow-up care after they're discharged.Experts said the findings, published Feb. 13 in the journal Pediatrics, are yet more evidence of the cracks in the nation's mental health care system -- especially when it comes to helping kids.Of more than 28,000 U.S. kids discharged from the ER for a mental health concern, only about half had a follow-up health care appointment within a month, researchers found.More than one-quarter were back in the ER within six months.The results are, unfortunately, no surprise, the researchers said. Past studies have illustrated the ways in which the system is failing kids in...

Big Rise in U.S. Teen Girls Reporting Violence, Sadness...

13 February 2023
Big Rise in U.S. Teen Girls Reporting Violence, Sadness -- Far More Than BoysMONDAY, Feb. 13, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- An alarming new survey shows that American teen girls are experiencing record high levels of violence, sadness and suicide risk. Schools may be the answer to improving what’s happening for young people, according to the report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. About 3 in 5 girls -- 57% -- said they felt persistently sad or hopeless in 2021. That’s up 60%, the CDC reported, and those numbers are double the number of teen boys experiencing sadness or hopelessness. Girls fared worse than boys across nearly all measures, though all teens reported increasing mental health challenges, experiences of violence and suicidal thoughts and behaviors. LGBTQ teens also continued to experience extremely high levels of violence and...

Wildfire Smoke May Send Pregnant Women Into Premature Labor

13 February 2023
Wildfire Smoke May Send Pregnant Women Into Premature LaborMONDAY, Feb. 13, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Exposure to wildfire smoke can increase the risk of premature birth, new research suggests.For the study, the researchers reviewed birth certificates and hospital delivery data for more than 2.5 million pregnant women in California from 2007 to 2012, and used satellite images and ZIP codes to compare daily estimates of wildfire smoke intensity.The study found that from the four weeks prior to conception and through the first 20 weeks of pregnancy, 86% of the women were exposed to at least one day of wildfire smoke. They had an average exposure of 7.5 days.Wildfire smoke was significantly associated with spontaneous preterm birth, the investigators found. Each additional day of smoke exposure slightly increased the odds of delivering...

Marijuana Use in Early Pregnancy Could Raise Risks to the Placenta

10 February 2023
Marijuana Use in Early Pregnancy Could Raise Risks to the PlacentaFRIDAY, Feb. 10, 2023 (HealthDay News) – New research links cannabis use in the first trimester of pregnancy to poor outcomes, closely related to functioning of the placenta.This is important information given that more U.S. states are legalizing marijuana for recreational use, researchers said. The study findings were presented Thursday at a meeting of the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine, in San Francisco and online. “We wanted to look specifically at cannabis use early in pregnancy because that’s when the placenta is forming, and a lot of information we currently have indicates that cannabis use does affect the placenta,” said lead author Dr. Torri Metz, a maternal-fetal medicine subspecialist and associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Utah...

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