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Pandemic Has Led to Increased Use of Cannabis During Pregnancy

While we have seen decreasing rates of alcohol and tobacco use during pregnancy over the last few decades, the use of cannabis during pregnancy is on the rise.  Qualitative studies indicate that pregnant women report using cannabis to manage a range of psychological symptoms, including anxiety and depression.  Given that the COVID-19 pandemic has led… Read More »

Essential Reads: Bright Light Therapy for the Treatment of Depression During Pregnancy, Mixed Findings

Despite data to support the reproductive safety of many antidepressants during pregnancy, many women would prefer to avoid medications, if possible.  In this setting, many women pursue psychotherapy, others use acupuncture or yoga or exercise. Although non-pharmacologic treatments are perceived as being safer than medications, this is only true if the treatment is effective.  Exposure… Read More »

Essential Reads: Modafinil and Armodafinil During Pregnancy Associated with Increased Risk of Malformations

Modafinil (brand name Provigil) and armodafinil (Nuvigil) are wake-promoting agents used to treat sleepiness due to narcolepsy, shift work sleep disorder, or obstructive sleep apnea. They are also used in other settings, often in combination with other medications, to treat ADHD symptoms, depressive symptoms, fatigue, and cognitive dysfunction.   Danish Study of 50 Modafinil-Exposed Infants In… Read More »

Firefighters working at World Trade Center during 9/11 are 13% more likely to develop cancer

Firefighters working at World Trade Center during 9/11 are 13% more likely to develop cancer, study finds Researchers compared 10,786 firefighters who worked at the WTC site to 8,813 firefighters who didn’t work at the site  They found firefighters at Ground Zero were 13% more likely of being diagnosed with cancer than their colleagues First responders had higher… Read More »

Depression During Pregnancy Affect Infant’s Brain Anatomy, But No Change with Prenatal Exposure to SSRIs

When a woman comes in for a consultation regarding the use of medications during pregnancy, we spend most of our time reviewing the potential risks of exposure to medications during pregnancy.  However, we must also include a discussion of the effects of untreated psychiatric illness in the mother on the developing child, for there is… Read More »