Can psychotherapy reduce the risk of relapse or recurrence of depression?

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Sarah McDonald appraises a new systematic review that asks if psychological interventions can prevent relapse in adults who have recovered from depression.

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Antidepressants during pregnancy and risk of persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn

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Meg Fluharty examines the findings of a recent study, which looks at the risk of persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN) when mothers take antidepressants during pregnancy.

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Smoking and risk of schizophrenia: new study finds a dose-response relationship

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Marcus Munafò looks at the mounting evidence about smoking and risk of schizophrenia, including a new case-control study that provides clear evidence of a prospective association between cigarette smoking and a subsequent diagnosis of schizophrenia.

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Behavioural activation and smartphones for depression

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Lisa Burscheidt summarises a recent RCT of a blended intervention (behavioural activation and smartphones) for depression, which reports promising results for this potentially money-saving treatment.

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Men’s mental health and attitudes to seeking help: an online survey

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Laurence Palfreyman summarises a recent survey of masculinity, alexithymia & fear of intimacy as predictors of UK men’s attitudes towards seeking professional psychological help.

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How much impact can optimism and positivity have on clinical outcomes in cardiovascular disease?

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Jake Crawshaw summarises a systematic review which investigates the relationships between positive psychological constructs and health outcomes in cardiovascular disease.

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Smoking is associated with an increased risk of dementia

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Caroline Struthers reports on a recent meta-analysis, which finds that smoking is associated with an increased risk of dementia. The review finds that quitting smoking reduces the risk to the same level as those who have never smoked.

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CBT for school refusal

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Lucy Willetts publishes her debut blog on a Campbell systematic review, which focuses on psychosocial interventions for school refusal with primary and secondary school students.

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