Tag Archives: Functioning

Prenatal Exposure to Valproic Acid: ADHD and Other Deficits in Cognitive Functioning

Previous studies have shown that children exposed to antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) during pregnancy may be at increased risk for neurodevelopmental disorders.  In a recent population-based cohort study from Denmark, researchers examined the prevalence of attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder in children with prenatal exposure to antiepileptic drugs (AEDs).  The conort included all liveborn singleton children born between… Read More »

In Brief: DHEA and Sexual Functioning in Premenopausal Women

Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA)  is a steroid hormone produced by humans.  It functions as a metabolic intermediate in the biosynthesis of the androgen and estrogen sex steroids.   In a recent study, presented at the annual meeting of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), researchers reported that DHEA treatment was associated with improvements in sexual function in… Read More »

Maternal Depression, But Not Exposure to SSRIs, Associated with Worse Executive Functioning in Children  

While we have considerable data on the use of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) during pregnancy, most of this research focuses on the risk of congenital malformations in exposed children.  We have far less information regarding the long-term effects of SSRI antidepressants on neurodevelopmental outcomes in exposed children. A recent study looks at executive functioning… Read More »