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Incidence of Autism

Incidence of Autism In the media and in other sources there is concern that the incidence of autism and autistic-spectrum disorders has increased dramatically. The idea has been unchallenged in the literature until now. In a very lucid article, Dr.

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Depression in Traditional Societies

Depression in Traditional Societies For some time now, it has been thought that women ( and men) from traditional socities, i.e. developing countries, often do not express depressive feelings in the same way as in more “modern” societies, for example in Northern European Countries or the US. It is thought that depression manifests itself not so much by thoughts of self-deprecation, guilt and feelings of sadness.

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Functional Gastrointestinal Problems in Infants

Functional Gastrointestinal Problems in Infants A group of pediatric gastroenterologists met in Rome to try to produce a “diagnostic consensus” on a number of common conditions in infancy and early childhood, about which there is little agreement on how to diagnose them and what they look like clinically. The group produced the so-called Rome II criteria for these disorders. The article is quite valuable in that it covers a number of conditions that sometimes are baffling for clinicians, it help…

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Mother Nature: Maternal Instincts and How They Shape the Human Species

Mother Nature: Maternal Instincts and How They Shape the Human Species This book is written by Sarah Hrdy who was trained as an anthropologist, primatologist, and evolutionary theorist. She had personal reasons for delving into this topic as she experienced enormous conflicts in wanting to pursue her career while also being a mother. This book has incredible depth in the examples she provides from both the animal world and across human cultures.

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Breastfeeding While Taking Psychotropic Medication

Breastfeeding while taking psychotropic medication The clinician is often faced with the question from concerned parents: should I breastfeed while taking this medication? Is it safe for our baby to breastfeed while the mother is taking, say an antidepressant medication? The response to these questions is not easy to find…This article is a review of the literature on this topic, reviewing articles since 1955.

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Effects of Maternal Anxiety on Developing Fetus

What are the effects of maternal anxiety on the developing fetus? This is a very difficult question to answer with any certainty. Glover and her group have in the past studied the effects of stress in terms of contraction of the uterine artery (causing distress to the fetus) and also the correspondence of high levels of cortisol in the mother and in the fetus.

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