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New Research Adds to the Evidence Linking SSRIs to Autism

May 1, 2013

Two recent research papers have contributed new information to the evidence base linking maternal use of SSRI antidepressants to an increased risk of autism in their children.

The March issue of the journal Autism Research featured a full review of the scientific basis of an antidepressant-autism link by investigators at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, the Lurie Center for Autism at Massachusetts General Hospital for Children, and the University of California, Davis, M.I.N.D. Institute. They concluded that there is a "biologic plausibility that SSRIs could also directly harm the developing fetal brain."




Antidepressants May Be Contributing to Autism Epidemic

April 12, 2013

Are SSRI (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor) antidepressant drugs like Prozac, Zoloft and Celexa at least partially responsible for the current autism epidemic in our nation? According to Adam Urato, MD, the Chairman of Obstetrics and Gynecology at MetroWest Medical Center in Framingham, MA, the evidence from several sources is now leading to that disturbing conclusion.



Multiple Threads Tie SSRI Antidepressants to Autism Epidemic

April 2, 2013

Autism rates are on the rise and SSRI antidepressants (including Prozac, Paxil, Zoloft, Celexa, and others) may well be a significant contributing factor, according to a paper published online today by RxISK, an independent website for reporting and researching drug side effects.



Autism Rate in America Now 1 in 50

March 20, 2013

The results of a new national study show that 1 out of every 50 children in the U.S. now has an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The report was based on a national survey of 96,000 parents conducted between 2011 and 2012. A similar report released in 2007 put the autism rate at about 1 in 86, meaning that the country's autism rate has grown almost one percent over the last six years.



Autism Coverage Under Affordable Care Act Insufficient in Some States

February 21, 2013

Final rules on the Affordable Care Act (ACA), made public this week by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), would fall short of requiring all states to include vital autism coverage, such as behavioral treatments previously thought to be included in the bill.


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