Tomorrow's Health: Antidepressants & Obesity Linked?


Women who take antidepressants during pregnancy may be increasing their child's risk for obesity.

Researchers in Canada found that medications known as SSRIs cause fat to accumulate in a child's liver, which can lead to obesity and type 2 diabetes later in life. About 20 percent of women in the U.S. take antidepressants during pregnancy.

A study in California looked at possible links between pesticide exposure and autism. Researchers at U.C. Davis found women who live near farms that use chemical pesticides are at a two-thirds higher risk of having a child with autism or other developmental delays. The study said a baby's developing brain may be more vulnerable to chemical exposure.

Researchers in North Carolina are finding the health benefits of cleaner air. A study from Duke University said that since the state's pollution controls went into effect in the 1990s, there's been a decline in death rates from respiratory illnesses. Research showed that cracking down on auto and factory emissions coincided with fewer deaths from emphysema, asthma and pneumonia.

Friday, December 9, 2016
, Watertown, NY

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