Laval researchers delve into antidepressant effects on pregnant women

(Angela MacKenzie/ CTV News) — Researchers in Laval have modelled, for the first time, the interaction between commonly used antidepressants and estrogen. Their work, recently published in The Journal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, has implications for the treatment of depression among pregnant women, the researchers said. Around one in 10 pregnant women suffer […]

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Women should be aware of polycystic ovarian syndrome

  (Dr. Sheila Laredo/ Toronto Star) — Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is one of the top reasons that women may struggle to become pregnant. But, even if you’re not trying to conceive, it’s important to treat this common endocrine condition. Irregular or infrequent periods are a common symptom. In my work as an endocrinologist who focuses […]

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Is extremely bad PMS normal?

How premenstrual dysphoric disorder is different from PMS and clinical depression (Hannah Smothers/ Cosmopolitan) — The (incredibly sexist) joke about premenstrual syndrome (colloquially PMS) is that it drives people to do mean, crazy things. But if you’ve ever had PMS yourself, you understand. There are few things more disorienting than watching your body inflate every month […]

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Huge drop in men’s sperm levels confirmed by new study

(Dr. Chris Barratt/ The Conversation) — Sperm count in men from North America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand declined by 50-60% between 1973 and 2011, according to a new study from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Surprisingly, the study, which analysed data on the sperm counts of 42,935 men, found no decline in sperm counts in […]

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