Health Alert: Antidepressants Could Increase Risk for Obesity

(CBS)- Women who take antidepressants during pregnancy may be increasing their child's risk for obesity.  Researchers in Canada found that medications known as S.S.R.I's cause fat to accumulate in the child's liver which can lead to obesity and type two diabetes later in life.  About 20 percent of women in the U.S. take antidepressants during pregnancy. 

(CBS)-  New research shows pesticides may increase the risk of autism.  A study in California looked at possible links between pesticide exposure and autism.  Researchers at UC 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 says a baby's developing brain may be more vulnerable to chemical exposure.

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


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