Thursday, May 19, 2016

Alcoholism in Men affects the health of children they father: study finding

*If the father is alcoholic, a newborn can be diagnosed with foetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD), even though the mother has never consumed alcohol.

*Alcohol use in fathers has also being linked to decreased birth weight, marked reduction in overall brain size, and impaired cognitive function.

*Advanced age of a father can elevate the rates of schizophrenia and autism in his children.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Anxiety and Depression in Indians with polycystic ovarian syndrome

Source: univadis
A cross-sectional study was conducted to evaluate prevalence of anxiety and depression in PCOS patients. 200 women with PCOS from obstetrics and gynaecology department of a tertiary care centre in India were assessed on hospital anxiety depression scale and sociodemographic, clinical information about socioeconomic status and clinical symptoms was gathered using semi-structured questionnaire.
Out of 200 participants 56 (28%) demonstrated increased anxiety scores (HADS anxiety subscale ≥11) and 22 (11%) showed increased depression scores (HADS depression subscale ≥11). 34 (17%) scored above the cutoff for both anxiety and depression subscales.
Symptoms of PCOS such as acne, hirsutism, obesity, and infertility are associated with increased psychiatric morbidities (Anxiety and Depression). 
High level of anxiety and depression in PCOS may be due to infertility, loss of sexuality, acne, hirsutism, and obesity.


Upadhyaya SK, Sharma A, Agrawal A. Prevalence of anxiety and depression in polycystic ovarian syndrome. Int J Med Sci Public Health 2016;5:681-683.