MonthSeptember 2014

Reading of the Week: Homes for the Homeless

http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2014/09/22/home-free

Psychiatric patients often have problems beyond their core psychiatric issues. For people with severe, persistent mental illness, homelessness may be among them.

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Reading of the Week: World Suicide Prevention Day (and Hope)

http://www.cmaj.ca/site/earlyreleases/9sept14_suicide-report-indicates-shift-at-WHO.xhtml

Yesterday was World Suicide Prevention Day.

The Reading of the Week, an article from CMAJ, touches on this topic and discusses the recently released WHO report, “Preventing Suicide: A global imperative.”

The WHO report finds:

  • Every year, 800,000 people suicide.
  • That works out to a suicide every 40 seconds.
  • Suicide is the second leading cause of death worldwide for people 15 to 29 of age.

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Reading of the Week: Cancer and Depression

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/aug/28/cancer-depression-huge-treatment-effect-new-programme

How common is depression in cancer patients? Is it treatable?

Capping off an incredible effort, a series of papers was just published by the Lancet, the Lancet Oncology and the Lancet Psychiatry — 3 of the biggest journals in medicine.

Covering 21,000 patients with depression and cancer, the papers have important findings:

1. 73% of patients with depression and cancer go untreated for their mood disorder.

2. Depression is common in patients with cancer; depending on the type of cancer, 3 to 6.5 times more common than in the general population at a point in time.

3. And in smaller trials, cancer patients respond robustly to nurse-led, multi-modality treatment — even patients with poor (cancer) prognosis.

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Reading of the Week: Psychiatry and Technology

http://spectrum.ieee.org/biomedical/diagnostics/smartphone-app-keeps-watch-over-schizophrenic-patients

Today, you may watch an old high-school friend’s daughter take her first steps in Brazil (where they now live), cash a cheque into your bank account, and get live updates on Scotland’s referendum — and do all of this with your smartphone without leaving your living room. Technology has transformed our lives.

Will it transform Psychiatry? Continue reading