Pregnant and breastfeeding women’s mental health status during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic

Collaborators from ENTIS and affiliated organisations have published the results of a web-based survey investigating how the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic impacted the mental health status of pregnant and breastfeeding women. This multinational survey was promoted in Ireland, Norway, Switzerland, the Netherlands, and the UK between 16 June and 14 July 2020, and identified high levels of depressive […]

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Promoting collaborations to improve birth defects surveillance, research, and prevention

A joint editorial has been published in the journal Birth Defects Research from the National Birth Defects Prevention Network and the Organization of Teratology Information Specialists, promoting the multidisciplinary approach that is undertaken by these organisations in undertaking birth defects surveillance in the US. More information can be found here. Photo by Peter Oslanec on Unsplash

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No evidence for an increased risk of adverse pregnancy or birth outcomes following maternal pertussis vaccination in pregnancy

A collaborative of researchers from the University of Adelaide, Australia, have published a study investigating the risks of adverse pregnancy or birth outcomes following maternal pertussis vaccination in pregnancy. The study results provided reassuring evidence as to the safety of maternal pertussis vaccination with no increased risks identified. More information can be found here. Photo by CDC on Unsplash

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Pregnancy outcomes after exposure to interferon beta

An international collaboration of researchers led from StatFinn & EPID Research in Mölndal, Sweden and Espoo, Finland have published a comparative cohort study using linked national healthcare register data from Sweden and Finland. The study investigated the risk of adverse pregnancy outcomes following maternal perinatal exposure to interferon beta in the treatment of multiple sclerosis. More information can be found […]

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Risk of neurodevelopmental impairment following exposure to antiepileptic drugs in pregnancy

A collaborative of French researchers have conducted a nationwide cohort study investigating the risk of neurodevelopmental disorders among infants of women who used antiepileptic drugs during pregnancy. The study, which included >1.7 m children, identified strong associations between valproate use in pregnancy and neurodevelopmental disorder, while pregabalin use in pregnancy was associated with a marginal increased risk. More information can be […]

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Exploring the impact of methodological bias and data confounding in pregnancy pharmacovigilance

Professor Gideon Koren and Professor Asher Ornoy from the Adelson Faculty of Medicine, Ariel University, Israel have published a review exploring the impact of methodological bias and data confounding in pregnancy pharmacovigilance, using the specific example of the SSRI exposure in pregnancy data. More information can be found here. Photo by Ben Blennerhassett on Unsplash

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