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Anti-Epileptic Drugs in Reproductive eAge Women: Valproic Acid and Topiramate Common

There have long been concerns regarding the safety of the anticonvulsant valproic acid (Depakote) during pregnancy.  Back in 2009, the American Academy of Neurology and American Epilepsy Society recommended against the use of valproic acid in women of childbearing age because of the various risks associated with prenatal exposure, citing significantly increased risk of congenital… Read More »

Common food additive may impact gut bacteria, increase anxiety

A wide range of foods contain ingredients that we call emulsifiers. A new study in mice shows that these compounds can produce both physiological and behavioral changes. Bread and spreads commonly contain emulsifiers. Food additives have always generated a great deal of attention, and, rightly so, as they are all-pervasive, so we should scrutinize their… Read More »

Menopausal Symptoms More Common in Women with History of Intimate Partner Violence

While we have identified various sociodemographic variables as factors which modulate vulnerability to menopausal symptoms, no studies (to my knowledge) have looked at how a history of intimate partner violence (IPV) or other traumatic exposures may affect susceptibility to menopausal symptoms.   A recent study looked at menopausal symptoms in 2,016 women (40 to 80… Read More »