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A legacy of scepticism

Posted by (Service User Network) Sun Cornwall & Plymouth on 27 November, 2011 at 21:10 Comments comments (0)

Published online 30 May 2011 | Nature | doi:10.1038/news.2011.322

A legacy of scepticism

Edzard Ernst, the world's first professor of alternative medicine, is stepping down.

Daniel Cressey

Edzard ErnstGraham Trott

In 1993, Edzard Ernst became the first person to hold a chair in complementary medicine. As he prepares for his retirement as head of the Complementary Medicine unit at the Peninsula College of Medicine & Dentistry, part of the unive...

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Schizophrenia misunderstood, psychiatrist says

Posted by (Service User Network) Sun Cornwall & Plymouth on 27 November, 2011 at 21:10 Comments comments (0)

Schizophrenia misunderstood, psychiatrist says

May 6th, 2011 in Psychology & Psychiatry

(Medical Xpress) -- Most people have heard the term "schizophrenia” and are aware that it’s a mental disorder. Unfortunately, a UC Health psychiatrist says, few people actually understand what schizophrenia is or how pervasively it affects society.

"Schizophrenia is a very serious disabling brain disease that affects people in the prim...

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'Most adults with autism go undiagnosed'

Posted by (Service User Network) Sun Cornwall & Plymouth on 27 November, 2011 at 21:05 Comments comments (0)

-- new findings

May 4th, 2011 in Psychology & Psychiatry

Not a single person identified with autism or asperger's syndrome during a community survey in England actually knew they had the condition, research led by the University of Leicester reveals.

According to Dr Traolach Brugha, Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Leicester, the research has already revealed that autism was commoner in males, those without higher educati...

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Biological links found between childhood abuse and adolescent depression

Posted by (Service User Network) Sun Cornwall & Plymouth on 27 November, 2011 at 20:55 Comments comments (0)

Biological links found between childhood abuse and adolescent depression

April 20th, 2011 in Medicine & Health / Psychology & Psychiatry

Queen's University professor Kate Harkness has found that a history of physical, sexual or emotional abuse in childhood substantially increases the risk of depression in adolescence by altering a person's neuroendocrine response to stress.

Adolescents with a history of maltreatment and a mild le...

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social environment to high attempted suicide rates among gay youth

Posted by (Service User Network) Sun Cornwall & Plymouth on 27 November, 2011 at 20:55 Comments comments (0)

Study links social environment to high attempted suicide rates among gay youth

April 18th, 2011 in Medicine & Health / Psychology & Psychiatry

In the wake of several highly publicized suicides by gay teenagers, a new study finds that a negative social environment surrounding gay youth is associated with high rates of suicide attempts by lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) youth. The study, "The Social Environment and Suicide Attempts in a Population-Based Samp...

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Researchers link alcohol-dependence impulsivity to brain anomalies

Posted by (Service User Network) Sun Cornwall & Plymouth on 27 November, 2011 at 20:50 Comments comments (0)

Researchers link alcohol-dependence impulsivity to brain anomalies

April 15th, 2011 in Medicine & Health / Research

Researchers already know that alcohol dependence (AD) is strongly associated with impaired impulse control or, more precisely, the inability to choose large, delayed rewards rather than smaller but more immediate rewards. Findings from a study using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to investigate the neural basis of impulsive choice am...

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Study: Omega-3 consumed during pregnancy

Posted by (Service User Network) Sun Cornwall & Plymouth on 27 November, 2011 at 20:50 Comments comments (0)

Study: Omega-3 consumed during pregnancy curbs risk for postpartum depression symptoms

April 12th, 2011 in Medicine & Health / Health

Women in the treatment group had significantly lower total Postpartum Depression Screening Scale scores, with significantly fewer symptoms common to postpartum depression.

Fish has long been considered in myriad cultures to be "brain food," but only recently has bona fide science begun to support this ...

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Primary care targeted for suicide prevention efforts

Posted by (Service User Network) Sun Cornwall & Plymouth on 27 November, 2011 at 20:45 Comments comments (0)

Primary care targeted for suicide prevention efforts

April 11th, 2011 in Medicine & Health / Health

Dr. Judith Salzer is Associate Dean for Strategic Management at the Georgia Health Sciences University College of Nursing. Credit: Phil Jones

Forty-five percent of the 32,000 Americans who take their own lives each year visit their primary care provider within one month of their death. Ninety percent have a mental health or substance a...

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Having trouble sharing or understanding emotions?

Posted by (Service User Network) Sun Cornwall & Plymouth on 27 November, 2011 at 20:40 Comments comments (0)

Having trouble sharing or understanding emotions? MU researcher believes affection could help

April 6th, 2011 in Medicine & Health / Psychology & Psychiatry

Every person has some level of alexithymia, as it is the personality trait which keeps people from sharing or even understanding their own emotions. Now, one University of Missouri researcher's latest study indicates that affectionate communication, such as hu...

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Autistic brains "organised differently" say scientists

Posted by (Service User Network) Sun Cornwall & Plymouth on 27 November, 2011 at 20:25 Comments comments (0)

April 2011 Last updated at 16:07 GMT

Autistic brains "organised differently" say scientists

By Jane Hughes Health correspondent, BBC News

 

Better understanding of autistic brain

 

People with autism use their brains differently from other people, which may explain why some have extraordinary abilities to remember and draw objects in detail, according to new research.

University of Montreal scientists say in autistic people, the brain areas...

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Low income associated with mental disorders and suicide attempts

Posted by (Service User Network) Sun Cornwall & Plymouth on 27 November, 2011 at 20:25 Comments comments (0)

Low income associated with mental disorders and suicide attempts

April 4th, 2011 in Medicine & Health / Psychology & Psychiatry

Low levels of household income are associated with several lifetime mental disorders and suicide attempts, and a decrease in income is associated with a higher risk for anxiety, substance use, and mood disorders, according to a report in the April issue of Archives of General Psychiatry.

"To date, findin...

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Neglectful and controlling parents linked to mental health problems in children

Posted by (Service User Network) Sun Cornwall & Plymouth on 27 November, 2011 at 20:20 Comments comments (0)

Neglectful and controlling parents linked to mental health problems in children

March 25th, 2011 in Medicine & Health / Psychology & Psychiatry

(PhysOrg.com) -- Children’s perception of how they are parented is a major predictor of whether they will develop mental health problems as teenager, according to research by the University and the Medical Research Council.

Data from almos...

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Misery of the tranquilliser addicts forced to go cold turkey by GPs

Posted by (Service User Network) Sun Cornwall & Plymouth on 27 November, 2011 at 20:20 Comments comments (0)

Misery of the tranquilliser addicts forced to go cold turkey by GPs

By Jo Waters

Last updated at 2:32 AM on 22nd March 2011

Helen lay shaking and sobbing in the drug addiction detox unit. The 61-year-old businesswoman was racked with such excruciating pain she wasn’t sure she could survive it.

What’s so shocking is that unlike the other patients at the unit, who were struggling with heroin or cocaine addictions, the onl...

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Life expectancy of severely mentally ill dramatically reduced

Posted by (Service User Network) Sun Cornwall & Plymouth on 27 November, 2011 at 20:15 Comments comments (0)

Life expectancy of severely mentally ill dramatically reduced due to poor physical health

March 21st, 2011 in Medicine & Health / Psychology & Psychiatry

Physical ill-health is rife among the severely mentally ill in Britain, according to new research published today by the University of East Anglia (UEA).

In a study of almost 800 patients with severe mental illness such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder...

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Mental health nurses 'set bad example to patients'

Posted by (Service User Network) Sun Cornwall & Plymouth on 27 November, 2011 at 20:10 Comments comments (0)

21 March 2011 Last updated at 04:16 GMT

Mental health nurses 'set bad example to patients'

Nearly 40,000 people in the South West suffer from dementia

Poor physical health is rife among people with severe mental illness in the UK, a study shows.

The study leader said mental health nurses might be partly to blame for setting a bad example.

High levels of obesity...

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Risk of hospital patient mortality increases with nurse staffing shortfalls,

Posted by (Service User Network) Sun Cornwall & Plymouth on 27 November, 2011 at 20:10 Comments comments (0)

Risk of hospital patient mortality increases with nurse staffing shortfalls, study finds

March 17, 2011 By Sarah Anderson

(PhysOrg.com) -- Nurses are the front-line caregivers to hospital patients, coordinating and providing direct care and delivering it safely and reliably. The goal for any hospital is to ensure that each of its patient-care units has an adequate number of nurses during every shift.

Ideally, the proper number of hours nu...

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US healthcare system can't keep up with number of baby boomers' bone fractures

Posted by (Service User Network) Sun Cornwall & Plymouth on 27 November, 2011 at 20:05 Comments comments (0)

US healthcare system can't keep up with number of baby boomers' bone fractures

March 17th, 2011 in Medicine & Health / Health

Many Baby Boomers will experience a bone fracture as they age, and the current US healthcare system is not prepared to provide the necessary care required, according to a special monograph released in the January 2011 issue of Geriatric Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation (GOS), published by SAGE.

The first...

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Detained mental health patients denied right to advocacy

Posted by (Service User Network) Sun Cornwall & Plymouth on 27 November, 2011 at 20:05 Comments comments (0)

Detained mental health patients denied right to advocacy

Jeremy Dunning

Thursday 17 March 2011 10:05

Detained mental health patients are losing out on their right to independent advocacy because of underfunding and inadequate commissioning, campaigners have found.

Providers of independent mental health advocacy (IMHA) are over-stretched and unable to help all of the people who need their support, found t...

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Impact of a bad job on mental health as harmful as no job at all

Posted by (Service User Network) Sun Cornwall & Plymouth on 27 November, 2011 at 20:00 Comments comments (0)

Impact of a bad job on mental health as harmful as no job at all

March 14th, 2011 in Medicine & Health / Psychology & Psychiatry

The impact on mental health of a badly paid, poorly supported, or short term job can be as harmful as no job at all, indicates research published online in Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

Because being in work is associated with better mental health than unemployment, government policies have t...

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Dr Luisa Dillner's guide to . . . Personality disorders

Posted by (Service User Network) Sun Cornwall & Plymouth on 27 November, 2011 at 19:55 Comments comments (0)

Dr Luisa Dillner's guide to . . . Personality disorders

They often go undiagnosed, but more than one in 10 of us may have a personality disorder

Dr Luisa Dillner

The Guardian, Tuesday 15 March 2011

More than one in 10 of us may have a personality disorder, according to Professor Eddie Kane from the Institute of Mental Health. Kane last month told the BBC that international studies show rates of personality disorder to be between 4% and 13%. Under-diagnos...

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