Fundamental Facts About Mental Health 2015

Mental Health Foundation, October 2015

The Mental Health Foundation have produced this comprehensive summary of mental health research, providing a unique handbook of key facts and figures, covering all key areas of mental health.

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A ‘smart’ way to spot schizophrenia signs

BBC News, 31 October 2015

Emily Eisner, PhD Student at the University of Manchester is currently completing a research project, ExPRESS 2 in Adult Mental Health and Early Intervention Services at Lancashire Care Foundation Trust.  She has recently had an article about the study published on the BBC news website.

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Research Reflections by Emma Cummings

Community Practitioner – November 2015

Emma Cummings, Health Visitor at Lancashire Care, reflects on her experiences of undertaking the Lancashire Internship for Nurturing Research Capability and Skills (LINCS) Clinical Academic Research Internship. The aim of this internship programme was to build research capacity and capability by creating and supporting research opportunities for nurses, midwives and allied health professionals (AHP).  This internship is offering her the opportunity to prepare an application for a doctoral fellowship where she hopes to undertake a piece of research to further explore the role of health visitors in supporting women suffering from perinatal mental illness.

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Secondhand smoke and incidence of dental caries in deciduous teeth among children in Japan: population based retrospective cohort study

BMJ, 21 October 2015

The aim of this study is to question whether maternal smoking during pregnancy and exposure of infants to tobacco smoke at age 4 months increase the risk of caries in deciduous teeth.

Among the findings the study concludes that exposure to tobacco smoke at 4 months of age was associated with an approximately twofold increased risk of caries, and the risk of caries was also increased among those exposed to household smoking, by 1.5-fold, whereas the effect of maternal smoking during pregnancy was not statistically significant.

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Experience of Psychosocial Formulation within a Biopsychosocial Model of Care for First- Episode Psychosis


Dr Victoria Cairns, Dr Graeme Reid, Dr Craig Murray, Dr Stephen Weatherhead.

Dr Graeme Reid, Consultant Clinical Psychologist at Lancashire Care, has co-authored this paper.  The study aims to explore the experience of people with first episode psychosis engaging with a process of psychosocial formulation whilst also being supported by clinicians representing a biological understanding of psychosis.

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This article is Open Access.


Focus on: People with mental ill health and hospital use

Nuffield Trust, October 2015

A new study published by the Nuffield Trust and Health Foundation, suggests that people with mental ill health are not having their physical health adequately managed, despite being known to the NHS for their mental health needs.  People with mental ill health had almost five times more emergency hospital admissions last year relative to people without; yet the vast majority of these emergency admissions were not explicitly to support mental health needs, and a proportion of them were potentially preventable.

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Safety and efficacy of hysteroscopic sterilization compared with laparoscopic sterilization: an observational cohort study

BMJ, 13 October 2015

The objective of this study was to compare the safety and efficacy of hysteroscopic sterilization with the “Essure” device with laparoscopic sterilization in a large, all-inclusive, state cohort.  The study concludes that patients undergoing hysteroscopic sterilization have a similar risk of unintended pregnancy but a more than 10-fold higher risk of undergoing reoperation compared with patients undergoing laparoscopic sterilization. Benefits and risks of both procedures should be discussed with patients for informed decisions making.

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