Learn about the risk of being the first born child in this medical report also included in a report on taking anti-depressants whilst pregnant.
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Dr. Susan Sharma: This is Insidermedicine in 60. From Montreal - Pregnant women can continue taking antidepressants during the first trimester, as they do not appear to increase the risk of birth defects. Researchers analyzed data from over 2,300 pregnant women, and found no statistically significant risk for birth defects if antidepressants were taken during the first 30, 60 or 90 days of pregnancy. From Toronto - Research presented by the American Thoracic Society has shown that first born children are at higher risk for developing allergies. In a study of over 1,200 newborns, researchers tested levels of Immunoglobulin E, an antibody found in the babies' umbilical cord blood and a known agent in the development of allergies. First born babies had higher levels of IgE and were more likely to develop allergic responses than their younger siblings. The gene IL13 may be responsible for these variations as it is associated with increased levels of IgE. Finally from Myanmar - The Burmese military government has agreed to allow all international aid workers into the country to assist in the relief efforts following the deadliest natural disaster in the history of the region. Since Cyclone Nargis made landfall on May 2nd, nearly 78,000 people have been reported dead, and 56,000 are still missing, while 2.5 million survivors remain at risk for disease and starvation. The Burmese government has asked for $11.7 billion in international aid. For Insidermedicine in 60, I am Dr. Susan Sharma.
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