Articles (psychiatry)

October 4, 2006

The good news: suicide rates have fallen significantly in Australia from 1997 to 2004. The bad news: suicides continue to rise in indigenous populations, particularly the Top End. (MJA)

Neonatal exposure to SSRIs is showing some undesirable outcomes including lower birth weights, respiratory distress and jaundice. These outcomes are worse than those in offspring of depressed mothers.

And finally, more grim news. paternal age is a risk factor for autism, seeming to be most pronounced after a paternal age of 40. However the risk has jumped from 9 to 32 per 100 000 – not a huge number.


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