Birth control pills may increase risk of depression

The use of birth control pills during the teenage years can have an effect on a woman’s risk for depression – even years after she stops taking them.

That’s the conclusion of a newly-published study by University of British Columbia researchers.

The pill “was originally developed as a medication for adults, and much remains unknown about the potential side effects for younger users,” the UBC researchers write today in The Conversation Canada.

Also in today’s edition, a historian from Bishop's University looks back at the role Canada played in the East Timor independence referendum, ahead of its 20th anniversary on Friday.

And we also have a new story in our ongoing series of back-to-school articles. A lecturer in musicology at Queen's University challenges the gender stereotype that girls play flute, while boys bash drums.

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Lisa Varano

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Taking the pill as a teenager may lead to an increased risk for depression, even years after stopping. Shutterstock

Taking the pill as a teenager may have long-lasting effect on depression risk

Christine Anderl, University of British Columbia; Frances Chen, University of British Columbia

Long-term or historical use of oral contraceptives may lead to an increased risk of depression in later years; understanding the risk will better inform the decision whether or not to take the pill.

Timorese children are seen in 1999 following the referendum on independence from Indonesia. East Timor Alert Network

Canada’s East Timor advocacy 20 years ago paves the way for leadership today

David Webster, Bishop's University

Two decades after it helped the Timorese people gain their freedom, Canada would do well to provide a significant helping hand to the country again.

What can teachers and parents do to ensure that children select musical activities based on their real desires? (Shutterstock)

Let’s change the ‘girls play flute, boys bash drums’ stereotypes

Robbie MacKay, Queen's University, Ontario

When children take up instruments they're not passionate about, most don't stick with music for long, and that's a shame.

La Conversation Canada

file m m o. Adam Ronan

Incendies en Amazonie : pourquoi causent-ils tant de dégâts et comment faire pour les arrêter?

Jos Barlow, Lancaster University; Alexander C. Lees, Manchester Metropolitan University

Les espèces des forêts tropicales n'ont pas évolué avec le feu - et même un feu de forêt de faible intensité peut tuer la moitié des arbres.

Health + Medicine

  • There’s no evidence caesarean sections cause autism or ADHD

    Andrew Whitehouse, University of Western Australia

    A new study has found a link between being born by caesarean section and having a greater chance of being diagnosed with autism or ADHD. But there's no evidence caesarean sections cause them.

Business + Economy