Exposure to air pollution increases mental health service use, according to new UK study

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Wajeeha Raza and Peter Coventry review a retrospective cohort study exploring the association between air pollution exposure and mental health service use among individuals with first presentations of psychotic and mood disorders.

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Supporting the supporters: peer support in early intervention in psychosis

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In her debut blog, Natalie Kashirsky explores a qualitative study finding valuable mechanisms of peer support in early intervention in psychosis services.

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Ethnicity and power: how can we make mental healthcare equitable for all people with psychosis?

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Andie Ashdown and Theophanis Kyriacou consider the findings of a recent qualitative study which looks at the differences experienced by Black Caribbean and White British people trying to access care for psychosis.

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Choosing between antipsychotics to reduce the risk of breast cancer in women with schizophrenia

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Peter Knapp and Suzy Ker review a recent study from Finland, which suggests that women with schizophrenia who take prolactin-increasing antipsychotics for at least five years, have an increased risk of developing breast cancer.

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Migrants with first episode psychosis are more likely to receive inpatient care, according to new Swedish population study

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In her debut blog, Natasha Chilman blogs about a Swedish cohort study of 1.3 million people, which finds that migrants with first episode psychosis are more likely to receive inpatient care.

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Misdiagnosis or missed diagnosis? What are the potential implications for undiagnosed autistic people?

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Rachel Symons reviews a recent Italian study which finds that autism spectrum disorder is still commonly undiagnosed and misdiagnosed in adults.

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The potential of virtual reality to address social functioning impairments in people with psychosis

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Andie Ashdown and Theophanis Kyriacou summarise a systematic review on virtual reality-based assessment and treatment of social functioning impairments in psychosis.

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Complex trauma and complex problems: evidence from a cohort study

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Oluwaseun Oluwaranti reviews a cohort study which finds that participants exposed to complex trauma had more severe mental health problems and poorer cognitive function at 18 years of age.

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How risky for developing psychosis are ‘At Risk Mental States’ in youths?

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In their debut blog, Martin Rimvall and Pia Jeppesen summarise a recent systematic review and meta-analysis exploring psychosis risk in children and adolescents with an ‘At Risk Mental State’.

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