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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Post-Natal Patch Helps

LONDON () -- Estrogen patches, similar to nicotine skin patches used by smokers trying to quit, may help women suffering from post-natal depression, British doctors reported.

Dr. John Studd of Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in London and colleagues said they did not know why the estrogen worked but that the effects were clear. In the Lancet medical journal, the doctors said of 61 women tested, those receiving estrogen improved more quickly than women given placebos.