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January 12, 2012 Intimate partner violence is widespread and public health problem (USA)

A new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) finds that intimate partner violence is common in the United States. Conducted for the first time in 2010, the study finds that on average, 24 people per minute experience sexual assault, physical violence, or stalking by an intimate partner in the United States, and that one in five women have been raped at some point in their life. Based on these findings, the CDC has identified sexual violence, stalking and intimate partner violence as an important and widespread public health problem for the United States.

December 15, 2011 Children in foster care and concurrent antipsychotic meds (USA)

Researchers from the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy in Baltimore have discovered that children in the foster care system in the United States are prescribed concurrent psychotic medications, for extended periods, at alarming rates. According to the researchers, treatment regimes prescribing overlapping psychotics are not supported by evidence whereas the adverse metabolic effects of antipsychotics are well documented.

December 15, 2011 Field guide for LGBT patient- and family-centred care (USA)

A new field guide provides hospitals with strategies and tools to improve health outcomes and be a safe and inclusive environment for lesbian, gay bisexual and transgender (LGBT) patients. The resource was developed by the Joint Commission, a US-based non-profit organization, with support from the California Endowment.

December 1, 2011 DSM-5 proposed disorders under scrutiny (USA)

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-5), to be published in 2013, is receiving push back from some experts in the form of an open letter and on-line petition.

December 1, 2011 Raise drinking age now, lower suicide and homicide rates later (USA)

In a study to be published in the February 2012 issue of Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, researchers will show that a lower drinking age is associated with several adverse, long-term outcomes that include suicide and homicide. While this may not come as a surprise, the novel discovery is that youth who were legally permitted to drink between the ages of 18 to 21 years showed an ongoing, elevated risk for suicide and homicide throughout their entire lives, particularly amongst women.

December 1, 2011 Increased risk for diabetes for kids on antipsychotics (USA)

A new study by the University of Massachusetts finds that children who take antipsychotic drugs for the treatment of bipolar disorder, autism and other mental disorders may be at an increased risk of diabetes. Previously conducted research has linked “second-generation” antipsychotics to increased risk of developing diabetes amongst adults but this new study, published in the journal Pediatrics, raises concerns that medications may also lead to diabetes amongst children.

December 1, 2011 DSM-5 proposed disorders under scrutiny (USA)

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-5), to be published in 2013, is receiving push back from some experts in the form of an open letter and on-line petition.

November 17, 2011 SAMHSA changes mental health and substance abuse grants (USA)

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) in the United States, has altered its approach to the administration of State Mental Health and Substance Abuse Block Grants. This change was undertaken to give individual States increased health funding flexibility and support in preparation for health coverage expansion in 2014.

November 17, 2011 Suicide Intervention training should target family and friends (UK)

A new study from the UK suggests that additional suicide prevention strategies should be geared to social networks because 75 per cent of suicides occur in people who have not sought mental health care in the year prior to their death. In these cases, clinical intervention is not possible because no contact has been made.

November 17, 2011 Depression and heart disease in young adults (USA)

A new study conducted by researchers from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia shows that major depressive disorder is associated with increased risk for heart disease that starts in young adults. In a survey that included more than 7,000 participants under the age of 40 years, investigators found that young people with a history of depression or attempted suicide had a significantly higher risk of ischemic (IHD) and cardiovascular heart disease (CVD) than those without.