The global burden of disease from mental disorders remains high

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Alejandro Arguelles Bullon summarises the latest Global Burden of Disease study (2019) looking at the prevalence, incidence and impact that mental disorders have on our lives, which shows no reduction in the burden over the last 30 years.

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Supporting the mental health of refugees: further evidence highlights the need for cultural awareness and competence

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Zuva Dengu reviews a German cross-sectional representative study exploring the psychological distress of refugees from Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Eritrea and other countries, which focuses on the individual and contextual risk factors and potential consequences for integration of refugees into German society.

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Dementia ward inpatients need better protection from COVID-19

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Clarissa Giebel summarises a recent study on the prevalence, management, and outcomes of COVID-19 infections in older people and dementia patients on mental health wards.

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The rapid increase in global mental illness: fake news?

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A group of UCL Mental Health Masters students summarise a systematic review and meta-analysis examining if the global prevalence rate of adult mental illness is increasing.

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Suicide and mental illness in low- and middle-income countries

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Tessa Roberts summarises a recent a systematic review and meta-analysis, which looks into the prevalence of mental illness and suicidal behaviour in low- and middle-income countries.

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Third molars: Distal caries development in adjacent second molars

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This review of the prevalence of distal surface caries in second permanent molars associated with retained third molars included 11 mainly retrospective observational studies findins a pooled prevalence of 23% (95% CI; 2% to 44%).

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Prevalence of comorbid personality disorder and alcohol use disorder

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People diagnosed with “personality disorders” are likely to also experience alcohol problems.

Dean Connolly summarises a recent systematic review that confirms the very high prevalence of comorbid personality disorders and alcohol use disorders.

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Rates of psychotic disorders: huge variability and important risk factors

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Emma O’Neill summarises a systematic review and meta-analysis of the incidence of psychotic disorders, which looks at the distribution of rates and the influence of gender, urbanicity, immigration and socio-economic level.

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

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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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Lifetime prevalence of anxiety disorders in people with bipolar disorder

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

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