Alzheimer’s Deaths Jump 55 Percent: CDC

WebMD, 25 May 2017
Author: Steven Reinberg
“As more baby boomers age, deaths from Alzheimer’s disease have jumped 55 percent, and in a quarter of those cases the heavy burden of caregiving has fallen on loved ones, U.S. health officials report. “Alzheimer’s disease is a public health problem that affects not only people with Alzheimer’s disease, but also the people who provide care to them, which is often family members,” said report author Christopher Taylor.”
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The Ethics of Clinical Trials Research in Severe Mood Disorders

Bioethics. May 2017. doi:10.1111/bioe.12349
Authors: Nugent, A. C., Miller, F. G., Henter, I. D. and Zarate, C. A.
“Mood disorders, including major depressive disorder (MDD) and bipolar disorder (BD), are highly prevalent, frequently disabling, and sometimes deadly. Additional research and more effective medications are desperately needed, but clinical trials research in mood disorders is fraught with ethical issues. Although many authors have discussed these issues, most do so from a theoretical viewpoint. This manuscript uses available empirical data to inform a discussion of the primary ethical issues raised in mood disorders research.”
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GSK must pay $3 million in generic Paxil suicide lawsuit: U.S. jury

Reuters, 20 April 2017
Authors: Nate Raymond, Barbara Grzincic
“GlaxoSmithKline(GSK.L) must pay $3 million to a woman who sued the drug company over the death of her husband, a lawyer who committed suicide after taking a generic version of the antidepressant Paxil, a U.S. jury said on Thursday. A federal judge allowed the victim’s wife to proceed against GSK because it controlled the drug’s design and label, which applied to both the brand-name and generic versions of the drug.”
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Are mental health tribunals only a nominal challenge?

BMJ 2017; 357:j1836
Authors: Paul Gosney, Paul Lomax, Aileen O’Brien
“We read with interest Wise’s article regarding the rise in detentions under the Mental Health Act (MHA), outlining the obvious human rights concerns. What happens to people detained under the MHA once they enter hospital is rarely discussed. Their legal rights are protected by the Mental Health Review Tribunal system.”
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Stronger Indigenous culture would cut suicide rates, health congress told

The Guardian, 5 April 2017
Author: Calla Wahlquist
“The solution to reducing the staggering rates of suicide among indigenous communities worldwide lies in strengthening culture rather than just focusing on issues such as drug and alcohol abuse, experts at a global conference have said. Suicide is a leading cause of death among young indigenous people worldwide and efforts to solve the problem using methods developed in non-indigenous communities have not reversed the trend.”
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Indigenous elders develop app in bid to reduce youth suicide rate

The Guardian, 6 April 2017
Source: Australian Associated Press
“Self-harm is the leading killer of young Indigenous people but elders from one remote Northern Territory community bucking that trend hope to save lives by bringing their traditional wisdom into the digital age. Warlpiri elders from Lajamanu have partnered with the Black Dog Institute to develop Australia’s first Indigenous community-led suicide prevention app. Young Aboriginal people die from suicide at five times the national rate.”
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Suicide rate among defence veterans far higher than for those currently serving

The Guardian, 30 March 2017
Author: Gareth Hutchens
“The rate of suicide among current serving Australian defence force (ADF) members is much lower than the general population, but higher for those who have left the force, particularly if under 30 years of age. The National Mental Health Commission says the reason for this phenomenon needs to be better understood, requiring further investigation. The Commission says more needs to be done to ensure suicide and self-harm is prevented among current and former ADF personnel.”
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Cross-sectional survey on defensive practices and defensive behaviours among Israeli psychiatrists

BMJ Open 2017; 7:e014153.
Authors: Reuveni I, Pelov I, Reuveni H, et al
“Psychiatry is a low-risk specialisation; however, there is a steady increase in malpractice claims against psychiatrists. Defensive psychiatry (DP) refers to any action undertaken by a psychiatrist to avoid malpractice liability that is not for the sole benefit of the patient’s mental health and well-being. The objectives of this study were to assess the scope of DP practised by psychiatrists and to understand whether awareness of DP correlated with defensive behaviours.”
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