Childhood Asthma Linked To Maternal Depression And Older Antidepressants

March 9, 2015 3:03 PM

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Maternal depression and older antidepressant use during pregnancy has been linked to an increased risk of childhood asthma, according to a new study lead by epidemiologist Dr. Xiaoqin Liu at Aarhus University in Denmark.

A newer class of antidepressants used to treat depression, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), were not linked to any increased risk for asthma in kids, as more than 80 percent of the woman in the study were prescribed SSRIs and researchers found no correlation with childhood asthma.

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