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Mentall Heallth & Sociiall Care Current Awareness Bulllletiin Menta Hea th & Soc a Care Current Awareness Bu et n

No 255 No 255

h June 14ttth 2010 June 14 h 2010

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Department of Health

Health Secretary Andrew Lansley responds to the NICE guidance on drinking


Regional News

Schools warned over how they handle mental health problems SCHOOLS in the county have been warned over the way they handle pupils with mental health problems after a court found that Suffolk County Council discriminated against a boy with a ‘school phobia’ Wells Community Hospital plans go on show The expansion, which is expected to be approved by NHS Norfolk next month, would see 24 beds built, 12 of which will be specifically for people with dementia

National News

Alcohol-use disorders - preventing harmful drinking NICE guidance Government urged to support people with autism The coalition Government needs to do more to support the 500,000 people with autism in the UK, according to a campaign launched this week Cumbria shootings: Mental health services offer support Specialist services have been put in place in West Cumbria to provide support to people affected by the massacre of 12 people by Derrick Bird on Wednesday afternoon Mental health jobs bias falls on back of stigma campaign Employment discrimination against people with mental health problems in England has fallen significantly since the launch of a national campaign to combat the stigma of mental illhealth



One in five liver transplants go to recovering alcoholics New figures show that one in five liver transplants goes to a person with alcoholic liver disease Woman jailed for giving baby methadone-soaked dummy An Edinburgh woman who put methadone on a baby's dummy to stop him crying has been jailed for three years NHS 'failing to support' children with autism The NHS is failing youngsters with autism, a charity warned today GPS Ankle Devices Track Dangerous Psychiatric Patients A leading UK NHS Trust has become the first to fit potentially dangerous psychiatric patients, including some convicted of murder, rape and paedophile offences, with GPS ankle devices that allows the authorities to track their position anywhere on the globe to within a few metres Dementia care providers to face fixed-fee tariff Government efforts to reduce the numbers of dementia patients entering hospital will include the introduction of a fixed-fee tariff for providers of community care Adult social care grants safe from axe, Burstow confirms No Department of Health grants for adult social care are going to be cut this year, care services minister Paul Burstow has revealed Portsmouth’s battle against alcohol abuse Alcohol consumption has been rising for decades – and so has the health and social cost of dealing with the consequences Update on products free of colours associated with hyperactivity The Agency has updated its list of product ranges that do not contain the six food colours associated with possible hyperactivity in young children Social workers say regulation has boosted status Three-quarters of social workers believe the regulation of the profession has increased its status, putting social work on a par with medicine and nursing SeeAbility launches New Eyecare Factsheets for People with Learning Disabilities Following Learning Disability Week, SeeAbility has launched a new series of easy read factsheets on eye care and vision for people with learning disabilities Smarter Spending Would Help To Contain Cost 'Timebomb' - Alzheimer's Society Alzheimer's Society is supporting a call by national charity Counsel and Care to spend smarter to help the financial crisis New research suggests that abnormalities in the process of blood clot formation may contribute to the pathogenesis of Alzheimer's disease Services for people with learning disabilities, stroke and HIV/Aids and social care IT schemes are at risk this year after the government announced today that ring-fencing would be removed from the grants funding them Munro Review to look at children’s social work and frontline child protection practice The Secretary of State for Education has written to Professor Eileen Munro to invite her to conduct an independent review of children’s social work and frontline child protection practice Autistic young people let down The mental health system is failing more than two-thirds of children with autism, according to latest research
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Mental Health Media Awards open for entries Broadcasters and journalists contribute to the way we understand mental distress and have the power to change hearts and minds.

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Health Needs Annual Evidence Update 2010 Poster.pdf


International News

Brain Imaging Technique Can Track Build-Up Of Plaques Associated With Early Stages Of Alzheimer's Disease Research revealed at SNM's 57th Annual Meeting is furthering efforts to use molecular imaging as a means of early detection of Alzheimer's disease New Psychological Intervention Program Developed At The University Of Georgia Shows Promise In Helping Those With Bowel Diseases Teenagers with IBD, including Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, often have serious trouble coping with the disorders CDC Warns of Ecstasy Overdose 'Clusters' at Rave Events In Los Angeles, 1 death, 18 hospitalizations after one such party

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The association between percieved interpersonal social support and physical and mental health: results from the national epidemiological survey on alcohol and related conditions Moak ZB & Agrawal A Journal of Public Health. 2010; 32(2):191-201

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E-mental Health Can Improve Delivery Of Mental Health Services, Australia Innovative web services can overcome the barriers that block access to mental health care Secondhand Smoke a Mental Health Hazard? Study finds association with psychiatric woes, but experts say cause-and-effect isn't proven

Substance abuse, alcoholism Genes Influence Development Of Gambling Disorders In Men And Women Suggests New Study From studying Australian twins, new research says that genetic factors appear to influence the development of gambling disorders in both men and women DocGuide TopAbstracts in Addictions Topiramate in the Treatment of Substance-Related Disorders: A Critical Review of the Literature Topiramate is efficacious for the treatment of alcohol dependence, but side effects may limit widespread use

Anxiety Disorders

DocGuide TopAbstracts in Anxiety Wounds of the stressed take longer to heal Stress and anxiety can make it harder for wounds to heal, scientists have shown The prevalence of comorbid anxiety disorders in outpatients with schizophrenia The purpose of this study was to determine the prevalence of lifetime anxiety disorders in patients with schizophrenia in Sanliurfa, Turkey, and to assess the association between comorbidity and several demographic and clinical variables Health-related Quality of Life across the anxiety disorders: Findings from a sample of primary care patients Previous studies have not compared Health-related Quality of Life (HR-QoL) across all DSM-IV anxiety disorders and comorbid conditions




New Molecular Imaging Agent May Help Visualize Early Stages of Alzheimer's Disease A multinational clinical trial presents a novel imaging agent that could be the next major breakthrough for the early detection of Alzheimer's disease Healthy Diet Could Slow Or Reverse Early Effects Of Alzheimer's Disease Patients in the early to moderate stages of Alzheimer's Disease could have their cognitive impairment slowed or even reversed by switching to a healthier diet Mechanism Links Abnormal Blood Clots With Alzheimer's Disease New research suggests that abnormalities in the process of blood clot formation may contribute to the pathogenesis of Alzheimer's disease DocGuide TopAbstracts in Alzheimer’s Faulty gene leads to protein buildup in Alzheimer's brain mechanism that acts like a recycling plant for toxic proteins goes haywire in people with a gene mutation linked with Alzheimer's disease, U.S. researchers said on Thursday, unveiling a discovery offering a new lead for drug companies People with dementia living alone: what are their needs and what kind of support are they receiving? In the U.K. about 141,460 people with dementia (PWD) live alone

Bipolar disorders Female Caregivers Face a Heavier Toll: Study More prone to depression than men when watching over ailing, elderly parents, review finds Depressed Mood Increases The Perception Of Pain When it comes to pain, the two competing schools of thought are that it's either "all in your head" or "all in your body" Biological differences found between bipolar I and II disorder Euthymic patients with bipolar I disorder show significantly reduced serotonin transporter (SERT) binding in the midbrain compared with euthymic bipolar II disorder patients and mentally healthy controls First Study To Show That Highly Variable Sleep Schedules Predict Elevated Suicide Risk Highly variable sleep schedules predict an elevated risk for suicide independent of depression in actively suicidal young adults Functional recovery in bipolar disorder linked to marriage, education Less than half of patients with bipolar disorder achieve functional recovery, report researchers who note that married patients, those with greater education, and those with fewer years of illness are more likely to recover



DocGuide TopAbstracts in Depression Manic and hypomanic episodes linked to increased CVD risk People with a history of manic or hypomanic episodes (MHE) have an increased risk for incident cardiovascular disease (CVD), study findings suggest Seasonality of mania exists in tropics The effect of seasons and climate on the course of bipolar disorder extends to tropical and subtropical regions, research suggests

Dual Diagnosis

A Multi-Method Evaluation of a Substance Misuse Program in a Medium Secure Forensic Mental Health Unit Evidence suggests a complex relationship between substance misuse, mental health, and violence in forensic populations, however, the majority of existing research and interventions focus on these factors individually Randomized, Controlled Trial of Atomoxetine for Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder in Adolescents With Substance Use Disorder There was no significant difference between the atomoxetine + MI/CBT and placebo + MI/CBT groups in ADHD or substance use change.

Eating Disorders

Potential Genetic Factor In Eating Disorders Discovered By MSU Researchers For the first time, scientists have discovered a possible biological culprit in the development of eating disorders during puberty Experiences of Guilt as a Mother in the Context of Eating Difficulties The aim of this study was to explore motherhood in the context of eating difficulties. The research question was: What are mothers' daily life experiences when suffering from ED? Eating disorders in the elderly Eating disorders in the elderly are often overlooked.

Learning Disabilities

Kids With Down Syndrome Might Get Help Learning Tests with mice suggest potential avenue for improving mental functioning, researchers say



Babies born a week early at greater risk of autism Babies born just one week early are at a greater risk of developing health problems such as autism and deafness, a study has shown Study identifies 'many more' autism genes The largest ever genetic study into autism has identified many more new genes involved in the disorder Health checks in primary care for adults with intellectual disabilities: how extensive should they be? Routine health checks have gained prominence as a way of detecting unmet need in primary care for adults with intellectual disabilities and general practitioners are being incentivised in the UK to carry out health checks for many conditions through an incentivisation scheme known as the Quality and Outcomes Framework Placement, relocation and end of life issues in aging adults with and without Down's syndrome: a retrospective study Aging adults with Down's syndrome experience more relocations and other life events than adults with intellectual disabilities aged 50 and older without

Obsessive Compulsive Disorders
A qualitative study of the acceptability of an intensive format for the delivery of cognitive-behavioural therapy for obsessive-compulsive disorder An intensive format may be both useful and effective for the delivery of cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) for obsessive-compulsive disorder A Randomized Clinical Trial to Examine Enhancing Cognitive-Behavioral Group Therapy for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder with Motivational Interviewing and Thought Mappin Obsessive-compulsive disorder is characterized by repeated and persistent attempts to control thoughts and actions with rituals

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Sleep Disturbances In Soldiers With Combat PTSD Improved By Bright Light Therapy Bright light therapy has significant effects on sleep disturbances associated with combat-related post-traumatic stress disorder, according to a research abstract Depression Or Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Affecting About 10% Of Soldiers Returning From Iraq A growing body of literature has demonstrated the association of combat in Iraq and Afghanistan with post-deployment mental health problems, particularly posttraumatic stress disorder and depression




The Effect Of Violent Video Games On Teens Playing violent video games can make some adolescents more hostile, particularly those who are less agreeable, less conscientious and easily angered Psychological Intervention Provides Enduring Health Benefits For Women With Breast Cancer Stress-reducing psychological intervention helps to increase survival and quality of life among women with recurrent breast cancer over the long-term Do Toddlers Pick Up Gender Roles During Play? The differences in mothers' and fathers' interactions with their children, particularly in play situations, may influence toddlers' associations of specific behaviors with male and female genders

Psychosis Cognitive rehabilitation has ‘lasting impact’ on schizophrenia Cognitive enhancement therapy (CET) achieves improvements in functional outcomes in patients with schizophrenia that are maintained up to 1 year after completing treatment Molecular Link Between Diabetes and Schizophrenia Connects Food and Mood Defects in insulin function -- which occur in diabetes and obesity -- could directly contribute to psychiatric disorders like schizophrenia Stress-reactivity is intermediary phenotype for psychosis The siblings of patients with psychosis and severe positive symptoms tend to show increased reactivity to stress compared with the siblings of psychosis patients with mild positive symptoms Early and late stages of information processing linked in schizophrenia patients Researchers report inter-relationships between the ability to inhibit incoming redundant sensory input and the ability to respond when stimulus changes in schizophrenia patients DocGuide TopAbstracts in Schizophrenia Improvements in insight predict favorable schizophrenia outcomes Schizophrenia patients whose insight into their illness improves in the early stages of the disease are likely to have good outcomes, research from India shows



Social Work

Walks, Home Visits and Atmospheres: Risk and the Everyday Practices and Mobilities of Social Work and Child Protection Research into social work practice and inquiries into cases in which practitioners are deemed to have failed to protect children and vulnerable adults are predominantly focused on examining and changing organisational systems and inter-professional communication Risk, Instrumentalism and the Humane Project in Social Work: Identifying the Informal Logics of Risk Management in Children's Statutory Services This paper addresses growing professional discontents with the increasing formalisation of social work practice exerted through systems of risk management and audit


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Common mental health problems at work: What we now know about successful interventions. A progress review SCMH report An Integrative Approach to psychotherapy and Supervision: Theory and Practice Assessment and Treatment of Sex Offenders: A Handbook Addressing Mental Health Concerns in Primary Care: A Clinicians' Toolkit (CDROM) The Autism Matrix The World of Psychology: 7th Revised edition Cognitive-behavioral Strategies in Crisis Intervention: 3rd Revised edition Drug Use and Abuse: A Comprehensive Introduction: International ed of 7th revised ed




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