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Archive for June, 2009

Do modern kids have a death wish?

Monday, June 29th, 2009 by:

A recent survey of over 20,000 teens found that nearly 15 % believe they will die young. The study published in the American Academy of Pediatrics found that 15% of males and 13% of females in grades 7-12 believe it is highly likely they will die before the age of 35. Fatalistic kids are more likely to engage in risky behavior and take drugs because they feel like they have nothing to lose.

As a parent to an infant, and highly optimistic toddler, I wonder what I can do to prevent fatalistic feelings in my own kids as they grow older. What are your thoughts?

A unique canvas

Saturday, June 20th, 2009 by:

I don’t know about you, but the last thing I wanted when pregnant was to sit still for an hour and have an artist paint a mural over my unborn child. But some women are not only willing to let Phoenix-based artist Mark Greenawalt paint their bellies but they’ll pay $50 for his designs (that look a little like 70s castoffs you might find in a garage sale). Check out his designs here: TIME

Are Anti-Depressants Safe during Pregnancy?

Monday, June 8th, 2009 by:

As if there wasn’t enough for moms-to-be to worry about, now we can’t even get depressed. Or, if we do feel down, we can’t do anything about it.

Until recently doctors advised that it was okay for pregnant women to take drugs such as Paxil, Prozac and Zoloft to help ease depression. But a flurry of recent reports are challenging the safety of antidepressants for unborn babies. Most famously, three independent studies have found that Paxil can triple a baby’s risk of developing a heart defect. The risk is still less than one in 500, but if you’re that one mother the effects can be devastating.

Studies have also found that Paxil and other anti-depressant drugs can increase the risk of miscarriage and the chance that your baby will be born prematurely. Most doctors now warn that pregnant women should avoid Paxil and most anti-depressant drugs throughout their pregnancy except for extreme cases. If you suffer from depression, and are planning to have a baby, you should speak with your doctor about alternatives before trying to conceive.