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Can an App Really Help with PPD?

Tuesday, 4/5/2016

In this day and age where social media and the implementation of using an app for just about everything has turned a corner.  Apple has created an app that can help women experiencing postpartum depression.  UNC Chapel Hill, Postpartum Progress, the National Institute of Mental Health along with the partnership of Apple have created the PPD Act app thay can allow current and former women who have dealt with PPD to participate in a study using their iPhone.  To better serve the millions of women who have and may experience PPD, the research team is in need of 100,000 survivors to participate.  Click on the link for more information or download the PPD Act on your iPhone or Andriod.

Insurance Penalty for Having PPD

Wednesday, 3/23/2016

With more knowledge and education on postpartum depression (PPD) it has been suggested that all pregnant women and new mothers be screened for depression as explained in the New York Times. While this is a progressive move towards the right direction there are some downsides to this.  Life insurance and disability insurances are penalizing women who are diagnosed with PPD by either increasing their premiums or denying them all together.  The article continues on how women can be impacted and what to do to avoid high premimums or becoming denied of life and disability insurance.  Check out the rest of the article by clicking on the link to see what is being done and how to keep you and your family protected

Bullying among preemies can result into future mental health concerns

Tuesday, 3/8/2016

McMaster University's Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine has conducted a study that reveals preemies are more likely to face bullying and may develop mental health problems as adults.  The research indicates it is important for parents, teachers and clinicians to be aware of the long-term effects of peer victimization on mental health as well as becoming cognizant of bullying and to intervene as soon as possible.  Results from the study revealed preemies (extremely low birth weight of 2.2 or less) from 1977 to 1982 in Ontario, Canada were twice as likely to be bullyied due to poor motor skills, more anxiety and struggles at school. The study interviewed participants in their early 20's, mid 20's and at 30 years old and found those who were bullied were twice as likely to experience anxiety, depression or ADHD by their 20s and the risk was higher for those who experienced bullying more often. By the time participants were in their 30s were three times more likely to have developed anxiety disorders such as obsessive-compulsive disorder, social phobia, and panic disorder. "This is the first study to fully illustrate the profound and long-lasting effects of bullying on the mental health of preterm survivors," said Dr. Ryan Van Lieshout, the senior author of the study and an assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioural neurosciences at McMaster. "Their risk for anxiety disorders is especially high, particularly among those who are exposed to bullying on a regular basis." Click on the link for the full article

Zika Virus

Tuesday, 3/8/2016

With much talk in the media about the Zika virus, City Council Member Mike Gardner was advised by Major S. Dhillion, Districy Manager of the Northwest Mosquito and Vector Control District that the virus has not impacted Riverside County.  "As of this time there seems to be little risk in our area, but the mosquito that transmits the virus has been found here. For now the larger risk is in travel to areas where the virus is in the mosquito population. It is always wise to avoid mosquito bites in any event. We know West Nile Virus is here and Riverside residents have been infected. Please do take appropriate steps to protect yourselves and your families ."  Hopefully those pregnant women out there take preventative measures to ensure the safety of themselves and their fetus as we approach warmer weather.

Obese Women and Higher Risk of Child with Autism

Wednesday, 2/17/2016

News Medical posted an article last month revealing some interesting facts about the higer risk of a child born with autism when the mother is obese.  The article revealed it is about 4 times more likely for a child to be diagnosed with autism than children who are born to healthy mothers without obesity or diabetes.  Women who also develop gestational diabetes are also at a higher risk to have their child become diagnosed with autism.  The link between obesity and diabetes in utero is unknown but raises a greater awareness for pre-pregnancy health.  For the full article click on the link


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