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Birth defect-antidepressant link found


Infants born to mothers using common medications have a slightly higher risk of serious developmental problems, new studies say.

Infants born to women taking commonly prescribed antidepressants during the first trimester of their pregnancies have an increased risk of serious birth defects, though the danger remains tiny, according to two studies published today.

The reports in the New England Journal of Medicine found a higher risk of developmental problems affecting the intestines, brain and skull. Although life-threatening, all of the defects are rare and normally occur in no more than one in 2,500 births.
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