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Young and pregnant women are being warned not to take the epilepsy drug valproate—marketed as Epilim, Depakine, Depakote and Stavzor—because it's likely to cause birth defects in the newborn. 'Serious malformations' have been reported in up to 4,100 children born in France alone.
The health advice we’ve been given about avoiding saturated fats is just plain wrong: the fats—from meat, butter, cream and cheese—don’t raise the risk of heart disease and instead have a protective effect, a new study has concluded.
Around 5 per cent of women take an SSRI antidepressant when they’re pregnant—but the drug increases the risk of birth defects and still birth, a new study has discovered.
Monsanto, the chemicals conglomerate whose pesticides have been linked to a range of neurological and developmental diseases, could face charges of ‘ecocide’ if an international tribunal finds against it.
Taking antidepressants when you’re pregnant can cause major problems for the child. Women who take them in the first trimester increase the risk of birth defects, while taking them in the second or third trimester raises the possibility of autism.
Around 40,000 deaths from prescription drugs are not being reported to regulators in the US
Around a third of pregnant women take a prescription painkiller, such as codeine, oxycodone or morphine, but few realise the drugs increase the risk for serious birth defects in the baby's brain, spine and heart