Category: Allen Mitchell

Drugs you take while pregnant may not be as safe as you think

July 31st, 2014 in 2014, Allen Mitchell, Newsmakers, RESEARCH @ BU, School of Public Health 0 comments

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Allen Mitchell, School of Public Health, Slone Epidemiology Center

A pregnant woman today is far more likely to take medications during pregnancy than her mother did. Use of medications during the first trimester of pregnancy has increased by more than 60 percent over the last three decades in the U.S….

Expert quote:

“The absence of data on safety does not mean that a drug is safe.”

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Decongestants in pregnancy linked to birth defects

July 22nd, 2013 in 2013, Allen Mitchell, Centers & Institutes in the News, Newsmakers, RESEARCH @ BU, Reuters, School of Public Health 0 comments

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Allen Mitchell, School of Public Health, Slone Epidemiology Center

A woman’s use of decongestant medications in the first trimester of pregnancy may raise her child’s risk of certain rare birth defects, according to a small study…

Expert quote:

“Major birth defects of any kind affect about two to three percent of liveborn infants, so they are rare. The associations we identified involved defects that generally affect less than 1 per 1,000 infants. Some of them may require surgery, but not all are life-threatening.”

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Too Many Pills in Pregnancy

February 25th, 2013 in 2013, Allen Mitchell, Centers & Institutes in the News, Newsmakers, School of Public Health 0 comments

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Allen Mitchell, School of Public Health, Slone Epidemiology Center

The thalidomide disaster of the early 1960s left thousands of babies with deformed limbs because their mothers innocently took a sleeping pill thought to be safe during pregnancy…

Expert quote:

“We seem to have forgotten as a society that drugs pose risks. Many over-the-counter drugs were grandfathered in with no studies of their possible effects during pregnancy.”

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