Blog posts by Rajitha Kota

Medications that can cause birth defects

MedicationsThere has been a lot of news coverage about the Zika virus and the birth defects it can cause if a woman is infected during pregnancy.  Did you know that the medication in your cabinet may also cause harm to a developing fetus?

When you (or your teenage daughter) start a new medication, it might be the last thing on your mind to think about whether that medication can cause birth defects, otherwise known as a teratogen. After all, if you’re not trying to get pregnant (or you don’t think your teen is having sex, right?), it may not be the first thing you think of when you or your teen start a medication. But…what if? What if you or someone you love were at risk of getting pregnant while on a medication that causes birth defects?

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To the College Class of 2020

Handling College RejectionIt’s the time of year where high school seniors are getting information that can alter the course of their lives: the college acceptance/denial letter. Congratulations to those who got accepted to their top choices! This blog post is dedicated to those who did not get in to their top choice(s). Take a deep breath before reading on and repeat after me: I will not let this define me. I am more than the 500 words I wrote in my application essay.

Take another deep breath.
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