Better physical health support for people with mental health conditions

Fifty UK charities and health organisations have joined forces to promote their Charter for Equal Health through a new initiative, Equally Well UK (www.equallywell.co.uk).
Led by the Centre for Mental Health, Rethink Mental Illness and Kaleidoscope Health and Care with support from Royal Colleges, NHS England …

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Community pharmacists to promote wellbeing

NICE has published a guideline setting out how community pharmacists can help to improve health and wellbeing in the community. Guideline NG102 recommends closer integration of community pharmacies with health and care pathways to create health and wellbeing hubs, ensuring that services are standardised and …

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Fewer suicides among UK men

The rate of registered suicides among men in the UK in 2017 was the lowest since the current monitoring programme began in 1981, Government data show (www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/birthsdeathsandmarriages/deaths/bulletins/suicidesintheunitedkingdom/2017registrations).
There were 5,821 suicides in the UK in 2017, a rate of 15.5 deaths per 100,000 among men and, …

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Diabetes, glucose control and dementia risk

Moderately poor glucose control is associated with an increased risk of developing dementia compared with target or near-target control among people with type 1 diabetes, say US researchers (Diabetes Care. 2018 Sep 4. doi: 10.2337/dc18-0073).
Analysing records for 3,433 people with type 1 diabetes aged ≥50 …

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Managing ADHD in children with epilepsy

The International League Against Epilepsy has published a consensus statement on the screening, diagnosis, and management of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children with epilepsy (Epilepsia 2018; https://doi.org/10.1111/epi.14549).
Based on systematic reviews of published evidence, the statement says there is no difference between boys and …

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Mental health apps more popular

People are looking for apps that could support their mental health, according to market analysts onefourzero and GK (https://onefourzerogroup.com). Their report The Rise of Digital Doctors analysed online data for apps and over 34,000 posts on social media, review sites and forums to find that …

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Progress on migraine treatments

Allergan has reported that its calcitonin gene receptor peptide (CGRP) antagonist atogepant met the primary endpoint in a Phase IIb/III efficacy trial for preventing episodic migraine involving 795 patients. In patients reporting 4 – 14 migraine/probable migraine (MPM) headache days per month, atogepant 30 mg …

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Nurturing family reduces mental health risk

A child whose mother has a mental illness but has been part of a nurturing family environment, pre and post pregnancy, is less likely to suffer from a mental disorder in later life compared to those who grew up in a less supportive environment, according …

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More effective MS treatments increase productivity

Disease-modifying therapies (DMTs) for multiple sclerosis (MS) that are most effective are more likely to increase work attendance, work carried out and productivity than less effective alternatives, say Australian investigators (J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry: 19 June 2018. doi: 10.1136/jnnp-2018-318228).
They reviewed data from the Australian MS …

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Cannabis effective in childhood epilepsy, review finds

After the recent controversy surrounding the Home Office’s confiscation and subsequent return of medicinal cannabis used to treat a child’s epilepsy prompted a review of legislation by the Home Office (www.gov.uk/government/news/home-office-launches-review-into-medical-use-of-cannabis), specialists in the UK and Australia have published a timely systematic review of its …

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