Tag: antidepressants

February 2017
Photography by Vanessa McKeown
Features / Deep Dive

Why don’t we have better drugs for autism?

by  /  15 February 2017

Clinical trials for autism drugs have been plagued with problems: bad design, the wrong measures, too broad a range of participants. All that is finally starting to change.

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November 2016
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Features / Deep Dive

Why trials of autism treatments have a placebo problem

by  /  30 November 2016

People with autism — and their family members — are susceptible to powerful placebo effects. Some researchers are using the problem to better understand this mystifying phenomenon.

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October 2016
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Side effects of meds weigh heavily on children with autism

by  /  12 October 2016

A sweeping study of military health records reveals that children who take drugs to ease autism features are at risk for obesity-related conditions.

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September 2016
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Depression is little-discussed as women’s health issue

by ,  /  27 September 2016

Depression is twice as common in women as it is in men, yet many do not receive the help they need, in part due to the stigma surrounding mental health issues.

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News / Spotted

Sounding out ultrasounds; name game; geek gathering

by  /  9 September 2016

A tie between first-trimester ultrasounds and autism severity is tenuous at best, misnamed genes litter the literature, and neuroscientists enjoy their version of summer camp.

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July 2016
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News / Spotted

Brexit effect; ghost game; down with jargon

by  /  1 July 2016

Scientists fret over ‘Brexit,’ a video game boosts cognitive skills in children, and studies detail the downsides of jargon.

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June 2016
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News / Spotted

Antidepressant test; federally funded flop; budget boost

by  /  10 June 2016

A new blood test could personalize depression treatment, a journalist dissects the demise of a large children’s study, and the National Institutes of Health budget may grow by $2 billion.

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March 2016
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Taking meds during pregnancy brings autism risk, benefits

by  /  10 March 2016

Studies link taking antidepressants, acetaminophen and some asthma drugs during pregnancy to autism risk, but the dangers of going off them may outweigh the risks.

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October 2015
Prozac peril: Prairie voles exposed to fluoxetine in utero are more anxious and antisocial than their unexposed counterparts.© Tom McHugh / Science Source
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Prairie vole study digs up link between Prozac, oxytocin

by  /  21 October 2015

Prairie vole pups exposed to the antidepressant fluoxetine in the womb show autism-like behaviors and lose some receptors for oxytocin and vasopressin.

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Softened squeaks: Mouse pups exposed to an antidepressant in the womb emit fewer and briefer calls when separated from their mothers than do control pups.©iStock.com/tiripero
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Prozac during pregnancy alters mouse pup behavior

by  /  19 October 2015

Pregnant mice exposed to the antidepressant fluoxetine have pups with autism-like behavioral impairments.

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