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  1. Brain Changes Seen in Postpartum Depression

    July 18, 2012 -- New research points to specific brain changes seen in moms with postpartum depression. Researchers used sophisticated brain imaging scans to show that levels of a brain chemical called glutamate are higher in the brain's prefrontal cortex among women with postpartum depression compa

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  2. Low Oxytocin Linked to Postpartum Depression

    May 11, 2011 -- Pregnant women who have lower levels of the hormone oxytocin may be at greater risk for developing postpartum depression, a new study shows. Sometimes called the “cuddle hormone” or the “hormone of love,” oxytocin has been the subject of much research interest for its ability to fost

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  3. Depression After Miscarriage Can Linger

    March 3, 2011 -- Feelings of depression and anxiety following a miscarriage may last for almost three years after the birth of a healthy baby, finds a new study in the British Journal of Psychiatry. “Health providers and women themselves think that once they have a healthy baby after a loss, all wou

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  4. New Parents at Risk for Postpartum Depression

    Sept 7, 2010 -- Both moms and dads are at an increased risk for depression during the first year of their infant's life, finds a new study of parents in the U.K. Close to 40% of new moms and 21%  of new dads in the U.K experienced a bout of depression during their child's first 12 years of life, but

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  5. Diabetes in Pregnancy Tied to Depression

    Feb. 24, 2009 -- Pregnant moms with diabetes have an increased risk for postpartum depression, according to research appearing in The Journal of the American Medical Association. As many as 9% of pregnancies are complicated by pre-existing or gestational diabetes, and one in 10 new mothers struggles

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  6. Hormone Linked to Postpartum Depression

    Feb. 2, 2009 -- Could a simple blood test help predict a pregnant woman's risk for developing postpartum depression? Researchers from the University of California, Irvine say that the level of a hormone produced by the placenta around the 25th week of pregnancy may help predict a woman's chance of d

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  7. Moms Help Moms Duck Postpartum Depression

    Jan. 15, 2009 -- Phone calls from volunteer mothers who overcame postpartum depression prevent depressive symptoms in at-risk mothers, a Canadian study shows. "Mothers who received this support were at half the risk of depressive symptoms 12 weeks after delivery," says study leader Cindy-Lee Dennis,

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  8. Men Also Get Postpartum Depression

    May 6, 2008 (Washington) -- Postpartum depression hits new dads, too. Moreover, male postpartum depression may have more negative effects on some aspects of a child's development than its female counterpart, says James F. Paulson, PhD, of the Center for Pediatric Research at the Eastern Virginia Med

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  9. Postpartum Depression: How Common?

    April 10, 2008 -- The CDC today issued its latest statistics on postpartum depression, and the figures show that certain groups of women may be at higher risk. The CDC's report included more than 52,000 new moms in 17 states. The women, who had given birth within the past two to six months, complete

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  10. Postpartum Depression Linked to Boys?

    Feb. 15, 2008 -- Women who give birth to a boy may be at increased risk of getting severe postpartum depression, according to a French study. But a Canadian expert on women's mental health says the conclusion is premature. And the study author himself warns that the results may not apply to U.S. wom

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