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Lithium in tap water reduces dementia risk

A high amount of lithium in ordinary tap water has been shown to reduce the risk of dementia by up to 17%, according to a new Danish study published in the...Read more

Future plans to transform UK mental health care

The Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt yesterday announced new government plans to expand the mental health workforce and tackle the "historic imbalance" between...Read more

Sugar intake associated with depression in men

High sugar intake has been shown to result in a 23% increased risk of suffering a common mental disorder (CMD) in men, according to new research published in...Read more

US gets new treatments for Huntington’s disease and tardive dyskinesia

The US Food and Drug Administration has granted regulatory approval for deutetrabenazine for Huntington’s chorea and valbenazine to treat tardive...Read more

Benzodiazepines linked to pneumonia in people with Alzheimer’s disease

Benzodiazepines, but not Z-drug hypnotics, are associated with an increased risk of admission or death due to pneumonia in people with Alzheimer’s disease,...Read more

Featured Articles

Prescribing quality improvement: reducing high-dose antipsychotic use
Evidence of efficacy for highdose antipsychotic therapy (HDAT) and antipsychotic combinations (AC) is lacking, while evidence of harm is compelling. Significantly higher proportions of Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT) patients were being prescribed HDAT and AC compared with the national averages. Here, the authors describe a quality improvement program to rationalise and reduce HDAT and AC prescribing in NSFT, to bring it in line with, or below, the national average.
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Improving the referral process from primary care to an AMHT
There is established evidence that discrepancy rates in referral thresholds from GPs to secondary care services as high as 10-fold exist between individual GPs. Andrew Molodynski et al looked systematically at the amount and quality of referrals to the secondary care team in order to identify any issues and develop support for referrers to make the process as smooth as possible.
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Delayed-onset post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms in dementia
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is commonly associated with working-age adults and remains largely unrecognised in the elderly. In this review, Clara Martinez-Clavera et al consider three examples of delayed-onset PTSD and its frequent association, or misdiagnosis, as one of the numerous manifestations of the behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia.
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