Antidepressants present a counterintuitive challenge.  The most popular ones have been dogged for decades by claims that they can increase the risk of suicide, particularly in children. This link is described most often for the class of drugs known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors or SSRIs.  For every study that purports a connection between suicide and SSRIs, there’s one countering it. So what’s a concerned parent to do? We researched the topic, reviewed medical journal articles, and interviewed experts on both sides of the aisle. Our conclusion: The increased risk of suicidal thoughts in children exists, but it shouldn’t dissuade…

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An FDA advisory panel is calling on the agency to provide women with more information on the potential risks associated with breast implants prior to surgery. The panel, which heard from women who had been harmed by the implants, said a consent form should be reviewed by patients and their health care provider explaining the significant risks associated with implants. Breast pain, scar tissue and rupture of the implant itself are some of the risks. Breast implants available in the US are either filled with saline or silicone, and smooth or textured. Textured implants have been linked to cancer. However,…

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