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Peer influence and risk taking behaviour during adolescence

Emily Stapley explores a recent article by Sarah-Jayne Blakemore on avoiding social risk in adolescence, which argues that the social risk of being rejected by peers outweighs other potentially negative outcomes of decisions.

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17 August 2018, 5:00 am

Panic disorder in people with bipolar disorder: very common, but treatment options limited

Tobias Rowland writes his debut elf blog on a recent systematic review and meta-analysis, which finds that panic disorder is highly prevalent in people with bipolar disorder, but there are very limited treatment options.

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15 August 2018, 5:00 am

Low dose Amisulpride for very late onset schizophrenia-like psychosis: the ATLAS study

Elwira Lubos summarises the recent ATLAS RCT of antipsychotic treatment for very late-onset schizophrenia-like psychosis, which provides evidence for the effectiveness of a very low dose of Amisulpride (100 mg).

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13 August 2018, 5:00 am

The US opioid crisis: quantifying the impact

Emma Wincup examines a recent US cross-sectional study that measures the burden of opioid-related mortality in the United States, which suggests that opioids (prescribed and illicit) could kill nearly half a million people across America over the next decade.

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10 August 2018, 5:00 am

Inhaling evidence about tobacco and psychosis

Ian Hamilton explores a recent Finnish study of adolescent tobacco smoking and the risk of psychosis, which found that young people aged 15-16 who smoked more than 10 cigarettes a day were three times more likely to have psychosis by the time they reached age 30.

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8 August 2018, 5:00 am

Does self-harm in young people increase the risk of subsequent suicide?

Pooky Knightsmith picks apart a recent Swedish cohort study, which found that all youths presenting to a clinical setting with self-harm were at an elevated future risk of suicide.

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6 August 2018, 5:00 am

After the crisis: self-management and peer-support

Jenny Collom, Maria Giorgalli and Derek Tracy welcome a new RCT published yesterday in The Lancet which demonstrates the benefits of peer-supported self-management for people discharged from a mental health crisis team.

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3 August 2018, 5:00 am

Conversational agents for mental health apps: now with added artificial empathy

Matthew Bennion reviews two recent studies that sought to develop artificially empathic conversational agents for use in mental health.

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2 August 2018, 5:00 am

The burden of mortality and morbidity carried by marginalised populations

Noortje Uphoff appraises a systematic review and meta-analysis of morbidity and mortality in homeless individuals, prisoners, sex workers and individuals with substance use disorders in high-income countries.

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1 August 2018, 5:00 am

Parental homelessness linked to increased risk of mental illness in offspring

Dean Connolly explores a Danish register-based cohort study, which investigates the risk of mental health problems in offspring of parents with a history of homelessness during childhood and adolescence.

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31 July 2018, 5:00 am