Articles: Volume 19.05 September 2015

Diogenes syndrome: patients living with hoarding and squalor

With a growing awareness that hoarding can be found in many psychiatric conditions, clinicians may recognise an increase in referrals for people presenting with hoarding. Here, the authors present three cases of hoarding behaviour stemming from different psychiatric conditions and discuss how hoarding can be …

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Established, new and future disease modifying therapies for MS

Over recent years the pace of therapeutic development in multiple sclerosis has increased, and there are now 10 disease-modifying therapies available. In this review the authors discuss the evidence supporting the use of these drugs and consider which new treatments may be available in the …

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Mental health and CPD: could videoconferencing be a way forward?

Videoconferencing is not being widely used at present in mental health, however, it has the potential to be a useful resource if utilised alongside more traditional continuing professional development (CPD) to remain up-to-date within psychiatry. Dr Scott and Dr Shankar describe their literature search of …

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NICE antenatal and postnatal mental health clinical guidelines

In December 2014 NICE updated its prescribing guidelines for ‘Antenatal and postnatal mental heath’, the content has been significantly updated since the earlier version.
NICE antenatal and postnatal mental health clinical guidelines

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QIP on baseline prolactin monitoring in psychiatric inpatients on antipsychotics

Mental health patients suffer higher rates of mortality and morbidity due to physical health problems. A number of antipsychotics are associated with significant increases in plasma prolactin levels and the risk of hyperprolactinaemia. The importance of physical health monitoring is increasingly recognised and commissioned for …

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Throwing new light on sleep

‘Most people don’t realise the benefits that sleep brings until they can’t sleep well any more,’ Lockley and Foster comment in Sleep: A Very Short Introduction. It’s a lesson millions of people learn the hard way.
Throwing new light on sleep

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