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Doctors should be cautious when prescribing some anti-depressants and bladder medications which may heighten the risk of developing dementia, researchers have said. A "robust" link was found between certain anticholinergic drugs, used to treat a variety of conditions, and future incidence of the neurological disorder, according to a study published…
The University of Wolverhampton is working with Cygnet Health Care to create a new generation of highly skilled future nurses. Cygnet Health Care, a leading independent provider of specialist mental health care services, is one of the first providers to introduce Nursing Associate Foundation Apprenticeships into the independent sector as…
A paranoid schizophrenic with "psychotic beliefs" has admitted unlawfully killing a man and driving him to a police station. Sukhwinder Singh, 40, was arrested after the body of 39-year-old Harish Kumar (pictured) was found in the front passenger seat of a BMW on August 10 last year. The vehicle had…
A consultant has told an inquest that anti-psychotic drugs she prescribed to a teenager were "one of the contributing factors" in his death. Thomas Oliver McGowan, 18, who was mildly autistic and had epilepsy and learning difficulties, died at Southmead Hospital in Bristol on November 11 2016. His parents, Tom…
Pregnant women and new mothers in a quarter of the UK still cannot access specialist perinatal mental health services, according to new research. The Maternal Mental Health Alliance (MMHA), a coalition of organisations involved in the mental health and wellbeing of pregnant and new mothers, has published a series of…
The solitary confinement of children and young people in the justice system should be abolished, leading medics have said. In a joint plea to the Government, the British Medical Association (BMA), the Royal College of Psychiatrists and the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) called for an end…
A vast majority of the British public think time spent on social media is harming young people's wellbeing, a poll suggests. Four in five people support tighter regulation of the platforms to reduce perceived negative impact on issues like depression, anxiety, and lack of sleep. The figures, from polling commissioned…
Sharon Jeffreys from the Mental Health Intensive Support Team, NHS Improvement discusses the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)’s learning disabilities guideline and how organisations can work to improve local services. In my former role as a lead commissioner on behalf of four Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in…
Scientists have pinpointed nearly 80 genes which they believe could help explain why some people are more susceptible to depression. A team of experts led by the University of Edinburgh analysed the genetic codes of 300,000 people to identify areas of DNA which may be linked to the condition. They…
One in 20 adults in England feel lonely often or all of the time, official analysis shows. Those in their late teens and early 20s were significantly more likely to be affected than older age groups, according to the study. Experts said the findings show loneliness can affect people at…
A new study by Swansea University has suggested that children with intellectual difficulty or autism are more likely to be given antipsychotic medication from a younger age than those without intellectual disability and have higher rates of hospitalisation for depression and for injury and also are at risk of other…
Young people belonging to alternative subcultures, such as goths, emos or metal fans, are at a greater risk of self-harm and suicide than those who do not, according to a new research review. The authors say that health, educational and social services need to be more aware of the risks…

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