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Could SSRIs be contributing to an increase in birth defects?

More babies are born with birth defects in England and Wales than previously thought, according to a recent study from Queen Mary, University of London. At least 14,500 babies were born in 2009 with defects such as congenital heart disease, spina bifida and gastroschisis. That represents more than 2 percent of births, up from previous estimates of 1.3 percent. The data comes from five regional birth defect registries as well as two additional registries specific to particular conditions. The registries cover only about 28 percent of the overall population, and data from other areas beyond England and Wales is missing, ... Read More

Government says BP spilled 4.9 million barrels of oil into Gulf

Now that BP has temporarily plugged the oil spill and remains confident that a successful permanent plug is within reach, federal scientists estimate 4.9 million barrels of oil have gushed into the Gulf since April 22. The calculation makes BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil spill the largest in history, far surpassing Mexico’s 1979 Ixtoc spill, which released 3.3 million barrels into the Gulf. Government analysts believe the spill began more powerfully than it ended, releasing about 62,000 barrels of oil per day and gradually weakening as the weeks passed to about 53,000 barrels a day. A diminishing reservoir of hydrocarbons feeding ... Read More