SSRI Use Linked to Autism (and Other News)

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SSRI use during pregnancy linked to autism and developmental delays in boys

Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI) are typically the first line of defense for treating depression, but a new study calls their use during pregnancy into question. The study followed 1,000 mother-child pairs, and found that mothers who took an SSRI while pregnant were more likely to have a child on the autism spectrum, and the risk was higher among mothers of boys.

‘Brain training’ overcomes tics in tourette syndrome, study finds

Three out of every 1,000 children in the U.S. have Tourette syndrome, which leads to tics over which a person with Tourette has little control. The study found that children with Tourette were slower to complete cognitive tasks such as moving their eyes. However, children with Tourette who did well on the test also had fewer tics. The study suggests that some children with this issue may unconsciously train their brains to control the tics, and that that training may improve performance on other tasks. With more research, doctors could develop brain training techniques that help people consciously fight tics.

Teenagers who have had a concussion also have higher rates of suicide attempts

Brain injuries subject their recipients to both long and short-term health challenges. For example, a head injury can undermine social skills and turn children into loners. A new study has found that teenagers who receive concussions are more likely to attempt suicide. Brain injuries can exacerbate pre-existing mental health challenges, and this change in brain function may partially explain the increased suicide rate among concussion recipients.

Does sex really count as exercise?

A new study claims the answer is yes. Exercise’s benefits are seemingly infinite, but gaining sufficient motivation to get off the couch and get moving can be challenging. According to the study, which tracked 21 heterosexual couples, getting between the sheets may be just as good as taking the dog for a walk. Researchers classified sex as a moderate intensity variety of exercise and found that, on average, men burned four calories per minute during sex, while women burned three. This makes sex roughly akin to walking uphill.

Life, Animated: How Disney films rescued autistic boy

For parents of children who have autism, it can feel like an invisible wall has been built between them and their offspring. And for children with autism, the world can be a confusing and frightening place. Ron Suskind’s Life, Animated tells the story of a family gripped by autism. While the story of autism is frequently a sad one, Life, Animated offers hope in the form of Disney movies. The author’s son was able to use Disney movies as a framework for understanding the world of social skills and morality, and for parents of autistic children, Suskind’s book may offer one more avenue for breaking through the invisible wall.

References:

  1. Data & Statistics. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/tourette/data.html
  1. Frappier, J., Toupin, I., Aubertin-Leheudre, M., Karelis, A. D., & Earnest, C. (2013). Energy expenditure during sexual activity in young healthy couples (J. J. Levy, Ed.). PLoS ONE, 8(10), E79342. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0079342

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  • Sal

    Sal

    April 18th, 2014 at 2:40 PM

    I know that when my wife was pregnant this was the first thing that the drs did, take her off of her Prozac. She did fine and our child has too, but that is scary that this could be so dangerous that it could cause autism. I know it isn’t definitive but it looks like it would be ebough of a risk that I would never want to take any chamces with it.

  • Paige

    Paige

    April 19th, 2014 at 10:41 AM

    Who cares if sex is exercise? It keeps you sane and holds your relationships together, that’s good enough for me!

  • Jordan

    Jordan

    April 19th, 2014 at 11:52 AM

    Ok so I read all about the kids becoming more susceptible to suicide if they had suffered from a concussion but how do we know that for sure? Who is to say that these kids wouldn’t not have become suicidal even if the concussion had not happened? I am guessing that this is a collection of data from those who have attempted suicide and then have experienced a concusion in the past but still there could be other factors that make it appear that this is where the correlation lies. I don’t know if it is right or wrong and of course I would never want to have my child get a concussion because it is dangerous no matter what the outcome is. However I do think that sometimes there can be a little reaching and we don’t really know if it is true or not.

  • mildred s

    mildred s

    April 21st, 2014 at 10:30 AM

    there are always the discussions about disney not making a difference just taking our money and this is proof positive that it does make a lasting difference to many, just glad that the stroty was shared on here

    sure the parents had to know how to manipulate it to reach the son but what they found drastically spoke to them and changed their lives.

  • Carrie

    Carrie

    April 23rd, 2014 at 11:04 AM

    Any thoughts on what causes Tourette’s? Is it thought to be something environmental or genetic?

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