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By On March 26th, 2013

Antidepressants Not Harmful During Pregnancy

Antidepressants taken during pregnancy have been thought to cause premature births and lower birth weight, but a recent study found that infants who were exposed to the medications were of the same size as infants who had not been exposed. As Kathryn Doyle reports for Reuters, widely used medications, such as Prozac and Celexa, were…

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By On February 19th, 2013

Disorders Appear Early In Brain Development

In the human brain, the first nerve cells develop in a region called the ‘subplate’. Neurons here act as the foundation for the complex neural connections that will eventually stretch across the brain. It is here, as Alexandra Sifferlin of Time reports, that researchers in England observed that genes linked to autism and schizophrenia are…

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By On February 6th, 2013

Experts Spot Autism Symptoms At 6-Months

Autism spectrum disorders affect communication, behavior and other developmental areas. Researchers at Yale have found that symptoms of ASD can become evident in infants as young as 6-months. Those individuals who would later be diagnosed as autistic were observed to pay less attention to people and their activities than typical children their age. This is…

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By On January 10th, 2013

Infants’ Brains Reveal Risk Of Mental Health Concerns

A recent study took “early intervention” to a whole new level. Researchers found that variations in certain genes, which were associated with mental conditions such as Alzheimer’s, depression and autism, could be found even in brain scans of infants. Be sure to check out the full article on Futurity for more details. Not only is…

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By On October 30th, 2012

Early Intervention Key in Treating Autism

One out of every 88 children born in the US has autism spectrum disorder. This condition creates deficits in social communication and impair everyday functioning. A recent study, published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, suggests that by stimulating the brain through a play-based, developmental approach, infants’ brains with…

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