New alcohol guidelines: what you need to know

5850859730_e3ecc6bdbe_b

Olivia Maynard takes a sober look at the new Department of Health alcohol guidelines, which say it’s safest for both men and women to not regularly drink more than 14 units of alcohol per week.

[read the full story...]

Does teenage cannabis use lower intelligence?

7154931798_51cd05f9b2_k

Ian Hamilton presents his debut blog on a recent prospective cohort study on the relationship between teenage cannabis use, IQ and educational attainment.

[read the full story...]

Psychotic-like experiences associated with self-harm, according to new systematic review, but further research is needed

15506836435_9703e67552_k

Katrina Witt critiques a recent systematic review of psychotic-like experiences and the risk of self-harm and suicide in the general population.

[read the full story...]

Microglial activity in psychosis and schizophrenia

Screen Shot 2016-01-12 at 17.15.42

Samei Huda summarises a small PET brain imaging study, which looks at two cohorts (Ultra High Risk of Psychosis v Controls and Schizophrenia v Controls) to compare relative levels of microglial activity.

[read the full story...]

Childhood bullying and mental illness in young adulthood

The risk of psychotic experiences was found to be increased for both self-reported bullies and victims at age 8 and 10.

Jasmin Wertz appraises a recent Finnish cohort study, which explores how different forms of children’s bullying involvement are associated with mental illness and use of specialised psychiatric services in young adulthood.

[read the full story...]

Suicide risk assessment and intervention: need for a new approach?

A young man suffering from Social Anxiety stands alone as a group of people walk past rapidly

Olivia Kirtley and Alys Cole-King consider the implications of a new BMJ review on suicide risk assessment and intervention in people with mental illness.

[read the full story...]

Does parental drinking influence children’s drinking?

12429334035_337ea09d7c_o

Natasha Clarke helps us understand a recent systematic review of prospective cohort studies, which explores the links between parental alcohol drinking and alcohol consumption in their offspring.

[read the full story...]

Can higher educational attainment help lower dementia risk?

6385852693_6c1a743012_b

Raluca Lucacel summarises a recent meta-analysis of prospective cohort studies, which investigates the dose-response between education and the risk of dementia.

[read the full story...]

Lifetime prevalence of anxiety disorders in people with bipolar disorder

shutterstock_303720545

Alan Underwood appraises a recent meta-analysis that finds anxiety disorders are three times more common in people with a diagnosis of bipolar disorder.

[read the full story...]

Stimulants reduce risk of injuries in children with ADHD

shutterstock_197115041

Joff Jones highlights an important public health finding from a recent prospective cohort study about the effect of stimulant drugs on the risk of injuries in children with ADHD.

[read the full story...]