Prozac Pregnancy Side Effects: It may cause pulmonary hypertension in babies: Pregnant women who are depressed may want to weigh the benefits of taking antidepressants against the possible, although inconclusive, risks to their developing fetuses.
Findings of a recent Nordic study published in the British Medical Journal found that newborn babies of women who take certain antidepressants are more likely to have pulmonary hypertension—or dangerously high blood pressure in their lungs.
The condition makes the babies unable to adapt to breathing on their own and can lead to organ failure and brain damage. About 11 percent of newborns diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension—known to doctors as persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN)—will die from it, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).
Deodorant Side Effects. Can deodorants cause breast cancer? Yes? No? Maybe? Many breast cancers develop in the part of the breast closest to the armpit, where underarm products are used and new research shows that parabens, a compound in antiperspirants, are found in many breast tumors.
But because they’re present in both the tissues of women who used deodorants and those who didn’t, health experts say the new findings are not conclusive and only raise more questions.
Artificial Sweetener Side Effects: On a diet? Here’s surprising news for you. Don’t use artificial sweeteners. These can make you fat. Contrary to previous claims — and despite the fact that they have fewer calories than real sugar, if any — artificial sweeteners don’t help you lose weight. And new evidence shows that they can even encourage weight gain.
This was the conclusion of Dr. David S. Ludwig of the Children’s Hospital Boston in his Ask a Doctor article published in the December 2011 issue of the Harvard Health Letter, a Harvard Medical School publication.