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Women who went on to experience postpartum depression had elevated cortisol levels in their hair during pregnancy, compared with other pregnant women, according to a study published online in PLoS One.

An intravenous drug being developed as a treatment for postpartum depression (PPD) showed positive results in two phase 3 clinical trials, drugmaker Sage Therapeutics announced.

Infusion of brexanolone, an investigational intravenous formulation of allopregnanolone, significantly reduced Hamilton Rating Scale for Depression (HAM-D) scores in women with severe postpartum depression, in a study published online in The Lancet.

A medication commonly given to women during or after labor has been found to be associated with the development of postpartum depression and anxiety.

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Data on 21 patients showed that the drug achieved a statistically significant reduction in symptoms at 60 hours, compared to placebo, Sage Therapeutics said.

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