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Anti-Depressants, Mental Illness, Pregnancy & IQ

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A new study finds anti-depressants can help some patients living with a stress related heart condition. Duke researchers found heart patients who took an antidepressant were more than two and a half times less likely to develop myocardial ischemia. Doctors say mental stress brings on the condition which cuts down blood flow to certain parts of the heart.

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A study out of Australia finds mental illness can greatly decrease life expectancy. Researchers say psychiatric patients die about 14 years earlier than people without mental illness. Some patients took their own lives but 80% died from natural causes like cardiovascular disease and cancer.

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A child's IQ could be related to what their mother ate during pregnancy. British researchers followed more than 14,000 expectant moms and found most did not have enough iodine in their diet - which comes from seafood and dairy products. Children of mothers who lacked iodine went on to have lower scores on IQ and reading tests.

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