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News from all corners of
the world

Department of Health

LAC (DH)(2010)3: The Mental Capacity Act

Guidance on the completion of the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards data collation sheet
(version 1.5)


National News

Children care intervention call

Taking vulnerable children into care earlier could save millions of pounds for taxpayers as well
as being much better for the child

Football project for dementia suffers may be extended

A project which uses football to stimulate the minds of dementia sufferers could be extended
abroad after producing "startling" results at home, a British university said today

Government scraps social care recruitment subsidies

The government has slashed a £75m programme to help 50,000 young unemployed people
enter the adult social care workforce, in a move condemned by a leading care provider

Munro: Thresholds are wrong for children's services

Thresholds should not be applied to children's services, according to Professor Eileen Munro,
who has been put in charge of the government's review of children's social care

Social workers 'must make end-of-life care their business

Social workers do not see end-of-life care as relevant to them, according to experts at the
government's National End of Life Care Programme

Doctors call for an end to loyalty points for alcohol

Tougher measures are needed to tackle alcohol abuse - including a clampdown on
supermarkets offering loyalty points for purchases, doctors say

Government scraps leading carers' support scheme

The government has today scrapped a multi-million pound support package for carers

Sainsbury Centre to become Centre for Mental Health

From this month, Sainsbury Centre will be changing its name to Centre for Mental Health, it was

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NICE Launches New Quality Standards On Stroke, Dementia, And Venous
Thromboembolism (VTE) Prevention
NICE has presented the Health Secretary Andrew Lansley with advice on new, national,
evidence-based quality standards on the care and treatment of, dementia and venous
thromboembolism patients in the NHS in England


International News

Alzheimer's scourge hangs over ill-prepared Asia

Asia's fast-aging population will make up more than half of the world's dementia patients in 40
years, with China shouldering the biggest chunk

Simple test could detect Down's

A blood test during pregnancy could one day replace more invasive tests for Down's syndrome,
say researchers

Teen Girls Becoming More Open to Drugs, Alcohol

U.S. survey finds change in attitudes from only a year earlier

Expert sees big mental health effects from BP spill

LA (Reuters) - The mental health impacts of the BP oil spill will dwarf those encountered after
the last major oil spill off U.S. shores, a sociologist who studied the Exxon Valdez spill told
Florida volunteers on Tuesday
FDA Approves First Generic Effexor Extended Release Capsules To Treat Major
Depressive Disorder
On June 28, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the first generic version of
Effexor XR capsules (venlafaxine hydrochloride) to treat major depressive disorder



Increased Risk Of Birth Defects From Psychotropic Medications

A new study shows that use of psychotropic medications during pregnancy increase the
probability of birth defects

Prevention of mental ill-health and suicide: Public health perspectives

According to the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates for the year 2020, approximately
1.5 million people will commit suicide, and at least 10 times that many will make an attempt

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Improving mental state in early imprisonment
Pre-trial prisoners have high rates of mental disorder, but to date, little is known about mental
state change or stability among them

Researchers Examine Premature Mortality Among People With Serious Mental Illness
People with serious mental illness lose significantly more years of potential life than the general

Substance abuse, alcoholism,

Decrease In Alcohol Consumption Related To Large Decline In Impulsivity In Early

Previous studies have found that the personality trait impulsivity, or a lack of planning and
forethought regarding behaviors, is associated with alcohol use and alcohol-use disorders

No Link Found Between Internet Dependence And Gambling Addiction

A study of university students found no overlap between those reporting excessive Internet use
and those with problem gambling

Genetic and Environmental Influences on Disordered Gambling in Men and Women

Women now represent nearly half of all individuals in treatment for pathological gambling, but
relatively little is known about the causes of PG among women or potential sex differences in the

Anxiety Disorders

The Metacognitive Model of Generalized Anxiety Disorder in Children and Adolescents

Worry is a common phenomenon in children and adolescents, with some experiencing
excessive worries that cause significant distress and interference

Shame- and guilt-proneness: Relationships with anxiety disorder symptoms in a clinical

Researchers postulate that both shame and guilt are emotions important to anxiety disorders

The spectrum of anxiety disorders in the medically ill

The purpose of this cross-sectional study was to assess the prevalence and characteristics of
anxiety disorders in the medically ill


Alzheimer's Imaging Study Identifies Changes in Brain's White Matter

Scientists have identified changes in the brains of normal individuals at high risk for Alzheimer's

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disease that could prove important for early detection of the disease

New Study Identifies Best Tests For Predicting Alzheimer's Disease

New research has identified the memory and brain scan tests that appear to predict best
whether a person with cognitive problems might develop Alzheimer's disease

Bipolar disorders

Residual symptoms and functionality predict relapse in bipolar disorder

Subsyndromal symptoms and poor function in euthymic bipolar disorder patients predict
elevated relapse risk, shorter time to relapse, more changes on medication and hospitalizations,
and worse employment status

Depressed Mice Could Aid Research on Drug-Resistant Depression in Humans

New research shows that a unique strain of laboratory mice has behavioral, hormonal, and
neurochemical characteristics that are similar to those of human patients with drug-resistant
forms of depression

Neuregulin 1 gene region linked to schizophrenia, bipolar disorder

A variant haplotype of the Neuregulin 1 (NRG1) gene is associated with risk for schizophrenia
and bipolar disorder

Psychomotor Slowing in Mild Cognitive Impairment, Alzheimer's Disease and Lewy Body
Dementia: Mechanisms and Diagnostic Value
Although psychomotor slowing is frequent in Alzheimer’s disease and Lewy body dementia, its
mechanism and diagnostic value have not been examined

DocGuide TopAbstracts in Depression

Mouse Model Could Aid Research On Drug-Resistant Depression In Humans

New research shows that a unique strain of laboratory mice characterized at Penn State
University has behavioral, hormonal, and neurochemical characteristics that are similar to those
of human patients with drug-resistant forms of depression

Migraine prevalent and problematic in bipolar disorder

A quarter of patients with bipolar disorder experience migraines, and those who do have an
increased rate of suicidal behavior, anxiety disorders, and obsessive compulsive disorder

Metabolic and endocrine comorbidity impacts bipolar disorder outcome

Bipolar disorder patients with comorbid illness of the endocrine or metabolic system have
poorer recovery from depression than other patients

Dual Diagnosis

Psychotic patients have enhanced sensitivity to cannabis

Patients with psychosis are more susceptible to the effects of cannabis than mentally healthy
controls, showing pronounced mood enhancement and hallucinatory experiences after use

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Social anxiety disorder and alcohol use disorder co-morbidity in the National
Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions
Co-morbid lifetime alcohol use disorder and social anxiety disorder is a prevalent dual
diagnosis, associated with substantial rates of additional co-morbidity, but remaining largely

Eating Disorders

DocGuide TopAbstracts in Eating Disorders

Cognitive Behavioral Guided Self-Help for the Treatment of Recurrent Binge Eating
Despite proven efficacy of cognitive behavioral therapy for treating eating disorders with binge
eating as the core symptom, few patients receive CBT in clinical practice

Eating Disorders, Addictions Tough to Treat in Teens

What works in adult patients may not help younger people, experts say

Learning Disabilities

The importance of friendship for youth with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder

It is well-established that youth with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder are often peer-
rejected and rated by parents, teachers, and observers to have poor social skills, when
compared to typically developing peers

Personality disorders in offenders with intellectual disability: a comparison of clinical,

forensic and outcome variables and implications for service provision
Although about half of patients detained in secure units for offenders with ID have a personality
disorder, there were more similarities than differences between this group and the rest

Attachment behaviour towards support staff in young people with intellectual

disabilities: associations with challenging behaviour
Attachment research has shown the importance of attachment behaviour for the prevention of
dysregulated behaviour due to emotional distress

Obsessive Compulsive

Psychosocial outcome and psychiatric comorbidity in older adolescents with Tourette

syndrome: controlled study
Children with Tourette syndrome generally experience improvement of tics by age

Obsessive-compulsive disorder and cyclothymic temperament: An exploration of clinical

Bipolar disorder comorbidity in obsessive-compulsive disorder has relevant implications on the
symptomatological expression, complications and pharmacologic treatment of the disorder

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Post Traumatic
Stress Disorder

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Risk of Dementia Among US Veterans

Posttraumatic stress disorder is highly prevalent among US veterans because of combat and
may impair cognition

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: Beyond DSM-IV (editorial)

DSM-IV is only a starting point for the diagnosis of posttraumatic stress disorder

Emotion Modulation in PTSD: Clinical and Neurobiological Evidence for a Dissociative

In this article, the authors present evidence regarding a dissociative subtype of PTSD, with
clinical and neurobiological features that can be distinguished from nondissociative PTSD


Study Identifies Couples’ Underlying Concerns During a Fight

A new Baylor University study has found that there are two fundamental underlying concerns
when partners in a committed relationship fight

Getting Better With Age: Friendships, Family Relationships

Part of what makes those relationships so golden during the golden years is that people of all
ages are more likely to forgive and respect one's elders


Quality of life an issue in remitted psychosis patients

The quality of life (QoL) of patients who have remitted after a first episode of psychosis (FEP) is
influenced by comorbid disorders and carer-related factors such as emotional over-involvement

Unique pattern of brain folds in schizophrenia

Patients with schizophrenia and high-risk individuals who go on to develop the disorder show a
different sulcogyral pattern in the orbitofrontal cortex than mentally healthy individuals

Neuregulin 1 gene region linked to schizophrenia, bipolar disorder

A variant haplotype of the Neuregulin 1 (NRG1) gene is associated with risk for schizophrenia
and bipolar disorder

Cognitive rehabilitation improves symptoms, function in schizophrenia

Integrated psychological therapy (IPT) achieves significant improvements compared with usual
care in schizophrenia patients in terms of symptom scores, neuropsychologic tests, and
functional outcome

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Social Work

Equality-of-oppressions and anti-discriminatory models in social work: reflections from

the USA and UK
Although the equality-of-oppressions paradigm in the USA and the anti-discriminatory
framework in the UK are progressive steps in affirming the lives of many groups, they are
limited in their ability to highlight the continued significance of racism in contemporary social
work education

Health-Risk Behaviors in Young Adolescents in the Child Welfare System

Given the heightened vulnerability of this population, early screening for health-risk behaviors
must be prioritized


Books, Conferences,
Websites & Journal Tocs

Books and reports hot of the press
Click the title to connect to the website entry

Supporting Post Adoption Contact in Complex Cases: Briefing paper

Young People's Alcohol Consumption and its Relationship to Other Outcomes and

Message in a bottle: a joint inspection of youth alcohol misuse and offending

IYO & CJII report

Maximising resources in adult mental health

Audit Commission

Critical Thinking in Counselling and Psychotherapy

Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy: A Modern Kleinian Approach

Handbook of Child and Adolescent Psychopathy

The Cambridge Handbook of Forensic Psychology

Gambling: Behavior Theory, Research, and Application

Immigration & Mental Health: Stress, Psychiatric Disorders & Suicidal Behavior Among

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Immigrants & Refugees

Cognitive Deficit in Mental and Neurological Disorders

Cognitive Disability and Its Challenge to Moral Philosophy


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