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Depression linked to pregnancy complications

A popular type of antidepressants called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) has been linked to pregnancy complications such as miscarriage, low birth weight and preterm birth.  A mother’s use of SSRIs during pregnancy has also been found to produce potentially life-threatening health conditions to the newborn.
A new study published in the journal Human Reproduction has highlighted new warnings for women’s use of SSRIs during childbearing years.  Depression, infertility and birth defects are far too common and the occurrence continues to grow with no definitive prevention or treatment guidelines. 
Are SSRIs the solution?
Depression is now estimated to affect 350 million people and fewer than 10 percent receive proper care despite known, effective prevention and treatment techniques.  The diagnosis is more common in females, which can further complicate effective and proactive depression care in certain regions.
Proper care is often limited by the lack of financial resources a…

Menopause induced fractures on rise

World Diabetes Day Raises Global Awareness of Diabetes

Deadly Stomach Cancers On Rise

The American Cancer Society reports a record one million new worldwide cases of stomach cancer and 800,000 deaths per year.  Stomach cancer has been found to be the fourth most common type of cancer and the second leading cause of cancer death.   
It is reported that 1 in 114 men and women are at significant risk of developing stomach cancer at some point in their lives.  Stomach cancers are especially prevalent in the African and Hispanic populations. 
Lifestyle induced cancers
The risk factors for stomach cancers are very similar to other lifestyle induced cancers.  The leading causative factors include smoking, a poor diet, lack of physical activity and obesity.  Proactive lifestyle changes such as quitting smoking and eating a diet rich in vegetables can reduce the risk of developing stomach cancer.
Stomach cancers are known to be more prevalent in men over the age of 50, individuals with type A blood and have a history of a H. Pylori bacterial infections.  H. Pylori infections are a…

Childhood abuse linked to adult diseases