9/11 stress on babies, battling alcoholism with drugs

9/11 stress on babies
9/11 was a stressful time for everyone, but researchers from the University of California have discovered that it may have been even more stressful on babies.

Researchers looked at birth certificates of more than 1.6 million babies born in New York between 1996 and 2002. They then looked at birth certificates at babies born the week after 9/11.

Babies born during that time were born earlier than normal, and weighed less. The immediate effect was seen among babies born in New York City, but researchers say longer-term effects were also seen both in the city and elsewhere in the state.

Drug can help battle with alcoholism
A drug that is already on the market to help get rid of migraines may also help overcome battles with alcoholism.

Researchers at the University of Virginia discovered that the drug topiramate is more effective than a placebo at reducing the number of days in which people drank heavily.

The participants in the study were all heavy drinkers at the beginning of the research project. In addition to taking medication, the subjects had to attend weekly 15-minute intervention meetings.

Topiramate is not currently approved to treat alcohol dependency and the studies are ongoing.


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