Popular acne drug linked to depression in teens: Study

Dr. Jen Ashton discusses what to know about a new study that linked a popular acne drug with depression in teens.
2:26 | 07/08/19

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Now two major health headlines. The first a think study about an aggressive type of breast cancer and the second looking at a possible link between a popular acne drug and depression. Dr. Jennifer Ashton is here with so tell us first of all about the study with breast cancer. Big study. This is it out in the journal "Cancer" about a specific subtype of breast cancer called triple negative breast cancer which refers to a breast cancer type that has negative receptors to estrogen receptor and the her-2 receptor making it more difficult to treat and this study, big, big numbers was about the who. We know that there have been big racial disparities in this type of breast cancer so, again, this is a deeper dive and what this study found, it confirmed past data with more significant numbers that this type of breast cancer is more common in younger women, more common in non-hispanic black women and does tend to be more aggressive at the tile of diagnosis and have a slightly worse prognosis so it's about the who but I want to underscore it is still the least common type of breast cancer and women as they age are more likely to get breast cancer in general so we have to understand the who before we can start to be, you know, You remember, I was diagnosed at the age of 46 with triple negative and so good to know there's more -- A lot of focus on this type. Okay, now this popular acne drug. Absolutely. This is the biggest tool in the acne arsenal used by dermatologist, family medicine physicians, it was fda approved in 1982 to treat severe acne. It is called ago taken. There had been reports of links to various conditions including depression and suicide. So, again, it took a deeper dive at that and actually found that there was not a higher risk of suicide amongst teens taking this drug, although teens with acne are more likely to have depression and psychiatric issues so, again, closer look. Bottom line for both. Risk versus benefit and awareness and association does not prove cause and effect so we'll keep looking at this. One more important question. Do I have some rib right here? No, you're good. You're good. It was worth it, Michael. It was worth it. I don't have to worry about ribs getting stuck between my

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