A new study, published in the journal JAMA Pediatrics, has found that the use of antidepressant drugs during pregnancy can dramatically increase the chances of the child developing autism.

The study, conducted at the University of Montreal, reviewed data on 145,456 pregnancies, drawn from the Quebec Pregnancy Cohort, of which provided a wealth of data regarding the medical histories of the children involved, up to the age of ten. While a large number of factors were reviewed in the study, one statistic stood out: the use of antidepressants during the latter two trimesters of pregnancy increased the chances of a child developing autism by 87%, over those that were diagnosed with the condition, but who’s mothers had not been prescribed antidepressants.
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Did you know that Viagra was first developed as a drug for heart disease, before it became a drug for erectile dysfunction? Or that Rogaine, which is now a baldness treatment, was originally used to treat high blood pressure?

One of the main expenses drug companies have when it comes to developing new medicines is testing these drugs, but if they can find new uses for drugs that have ALREADY been tested, the process will be much quicker (and more profitable).
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More lethal than car crashes! – The recent deaths of Heath Ledger and perhaps even Michael Jackson point out the sad fact that adults between the ages of 34 and 56 are at a greater risk of dying from poisoning than from traffic accidents.

Poisoning deaths include those resulting from drug overdose or other misuse of drugs of prescription drugs. According to the CDC, 92% of poisoning deaths in the US involved drugs.

The CDC reminds everyone to take only medications that are prescribed for you. Never take or share other people’s medications, never take more or less medicine than was prescribed, and make sure your doctor knows all medications you are currently taking, in order to avoid dangerous drug interactions.
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