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New pill for postpartum depression a vital breakthrough
One in seven new mothers develop the serious medical condition. (Image: Getty)
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By Lisa Jarvis The landmark approval in the US of the first pill for postpartum depression offers an important new treatment for the 1 in 7 new mothers who develop the condition. Suicide is a leading cause of maternal mortality in the US. And yet on its own, the new drug – promising as it is – isn’t enough. Consider that as many as half of women with postpartum depression go undiagnosed.Nonetheless, the new pill is a remarkable breakthrough, and one of several encouraging recent developments in women’s health &...

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