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Episode date 14 October 2012
A mother’s depression affects baby’s language acquisition
(UBC/Martin Dee)
Depression in pregnant women or her use of antidepressants can change an important period of language development in their babies. That’s the conclusion of a study out of Canada’s west coast University of British Columbia, Harvard University and the BC Children’s Hospital. The research found that treating mothers with serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SRIs) can accelerate infants’ ability to attune to the sounds and sights of their native language. If maternal depression is not treated that can prolong the period of tuning.

RCI’s Lynn Desjardins spoke with Prof. Janet Werker of the university’s Department of Psychology and lead author of the study which appeared in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Politics Today October 14, 2012

On this edition of "Politics Today" RCI's Wojtek Gwiazda focussed on the Prime Minister's participation at the 14th summit of the International Organisation of the Francophonie in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo.

He also had an update on the government's review process of the $15 billion takeover bid of the Canadian oil and gas company Nexen by the Chinese state-owned CNOOC. There are more developments in the E. coli beef recall.

And there's a quiet but important battle over information between Canada's Parliamentary Budget Officer and the Canadian government.
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