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SSRI use during fertility treatments shows little benefit to mother or fetus

Depressed women taking selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) who are also undergoing infertility treatment may be more likely not to conceive, to suffer complications with pregnancy, and to have a baby with birth defects, a new meta-analysis shows. Women undergoing infertility treatments often battle depression. A study published in Medical News Today investigated depressed women undergoing infertility treatment and the risks to their fetuses while taking SSRIs. The new meta-analysis took a different approach than past studies, investigating the safety and efficacy of infertile women being treated with SSRIs. Researchers culled through studies and found that SSRI is associated with lowered ... Read More

FDA issues warning to company looking to profit from meningitis outbreak

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is cracking down on a Franklin, Tenn., company that may be trying to profit off of individuals affected by the deadly fungal meningitis outbreak. The agency issued a Warning Letter to The Avalon Effect, Inc. for marketing a light therapy product that it claims can cure or treat symptoms of fungal meningitis and other diseases. The agency says these claims violate federal law and that any product that claims to prevent, diagnose, treat or cure a disease, or to affect the body, must be evaluated by the FDA for safety and efficacy before it ... Read More

Parents should consult with doctor before giving children melatonin as sleep aide

Doctors are warning parents that the dietary supplement melatonin should not be given to children as a sleep aide without careful consultation with a doctor or healthcare practitioner because the supplement has not been clinically proven to be a safe sleep agent in healthy children. Melatonin is a hormone that is secreted in the brain. It is also a naturally occurring compound in plants and microbes. Manufactured melatonin supplements are thought to help people sleep through the night, and thus are an attractive option for parents whose children have trouble with sleep. Melatonin supplements have been available over-the-counter in the ... Read More

Darvon, Darvocet users have safer, more effective alternatives

When the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) banned drugs containing propoxyphene, known by the brand names Darvon and Darvocet, the drug had become one of the most prescribed painkillers in the country. Patients may be surprised by the sudden discontinuation, but both the safety and efficacy of propoxyphene had put the drug in the hot seat for years. It was data from a study on the effects of propoxyphene on the heart that led the FDA to remove the drug from the U.S. market. The study showed that drugs containing propoxyphene put users at greater risk of developing potentially fatal ... Read More