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August 07, 2014

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6:30 AM | New study estimates that UK smokers with mental illness cost the economy £2.34 billion
This new study estimates that there are approximately 3 million smokers in the UK with mental illness, and the direct cost of treatment to the NHS in this population was £719 million in 2010. The total smoking-attributable costs for this group are estimated at £2.34 billion. The post New study estimates that UK smokers with mental illness cost the economy £2.34 billion appeared first on The Mental Elf.

August 06, 2014

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8:39 AM | Gastrointestinal response to A1 vs A2 milk
I want to talk about the findings from Ho and colleagues [1] today, and in particular their observation of: "differences in gastrointestinal responses in some adult humans consuming milk containing beta-casein of either the A1 or the A2 beta-casein type". If you're wondering why such a paper finds it's way on to a blog predominantly about autism research, well stay with me on this rather long blogging entry...Start your engines... @ Wikipedia Before progressing, I am going to put a […]

Ho, S., Woodford, K., Kukuljan, S. & Pal, S. (2014). Comparative effects of A1 versus A2 beta-casein on gastrointestinal measures: a blinded randomised cross-over pilot study, European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, DOI: 10.1038/ejcn.2014.127

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6:30 AM | Psychotherapy for depression in older adults: promising results, but insufficient good quality research
This recent meta-analysis confirms that psychotherapy has a moderate to high effect on depression in older adults. However, a note of caution is sounded because of publication bias and the low quality of several of the included studies. The post Psychotherapy for depression in older adults: promising results, but insufficient good quality research appeared first on The Mental Elf.

August 05, 2014

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4:31 PM | Parents of Young Athletes: Protect Your Child’s Brain in 8 Steps
When I was kid, I remember my dad scolding my brother and me when one of us decided to hold the other one upside-down. In that position, he reasoned, we could fall on our head. As a cognitive... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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10:30 AM | Demonstrating Neouroplasticity in Short-Term versus Long-Term Abstinent Alcoholics
Alcohol dependence is thought of as a disorder with an overwhelming impulsive and compulsive “drive” towards alcohol consumption (Kamarajan et al. 2005), and an inability to “hit the brakes”, or inhibit alcohol consumption despite negative biological, psychological, legal, and social … Continue reading →
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8:05 AM | Bipolar disorder is frequent in adult Asperger syndrome
"BD [bipolar disorder] in AS [Asperger syndrome] patients is frequent, usually it onsets during adolescence and is often characterized by atypical presentation, making its correct identification particularly difficult".Maybe I'm better suited as a brunette? @ WikipediaThat was the primary finding reported by Vannucchi and colleagues [1] based on their systematic review of the relevant peer-reviewed research literature in this area. They found that the prevalence of BD ranged […]

Vannucchi G, Masi G, Toni C, Dell׳Osso L, Erfurth A & Perugi G (2014). Bipolar disorder in adults with Asperger׳s Syndrome: A systematic review., Journal of affective disorders, 168C 151-160. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25046741

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6:30 AM | Statins have no beneficial effect on cognition in dementia, but can cause serious side-effects
This updated Cochrane review on statins for the treatment of dementia contains worrying adverse effects data, but Caroline Struthers has to do a significant amount of digging to root it all out. The post Statins have no beneficial effect on cognition in dementia, but can cause serious side-effects appeared first on The Mental Elf.

August 04, 2014

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2:43 PM | Unpacking Eating Disorder Recovery Part 1: The Recovery Model
What does eating disorder recovery really look like? When you say the word “recovery,” differences of opinion loom large. The lack of definitional clarity around the concept of recovery came up many times at ICED, and continues to surface in discussions among researchers, clinicians, and individuals with eating disorders themselves. We’ve looked at recovery on the blog before (for example, Gina looked at how patients define recovery here; Tetyana surveyed […]

Dawson L, Rhodes P & Touyz S (2014). The recovery model and anorexia nervosa., The Australian and New Zealand journal of psychiatry, PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24927735

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8:10 AM | Stopping gliadin peptides in their tracks?
A micropost if you will, to bring to your attention the paper by Marco Sarno and colleagues [1] and their suggestion of "a novel effect of probiotics in the prevention of undigested gliadin peptides toxic effects".Knitting on't Moors @ Wikipedia The probiotic in question is something called Lactobacillus paracasei CBA L74, which if I'm not mistaken is connected with a certain '57 varieties' company. The authors (which included one Alessio Fasano) indicated that said probiotic […]
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7:00 AM | Staff supporting people ageing with learning disabilities identify their needs for training
Last week we posted a second blog about a project aimed at helping older people with learning disabilities have an active and inclusive retirement. The number of people with learning disabilities in England aged over 60 continues to rise with the most recent predictions suggesting that by 2030 the number of adults aged over 70 [read the full story...]
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6:30 AM | Homelessness and mental illness in children and young people
This study explores the prevalence of psychiatric disorder and comorbidity among a UK sample of young people with experience of homelessness. It finds an extremely high prevalence of mental illness, combined with low levels of mental health service use. The post Homelessness and mental illness in children and young people appeared first on The Mental Elf.

August 03, 2014

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5:11 AM | Barefoot Water Skiing
Never saw this before. Barefoot water skiing. Didn’t believe it. Here is a behind the scene video: http://youtu.be/rezN4lfcs38  
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