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Physicians Asked to Help Curb Children's Access to Guns

On average, every day in the United States there are 31 homicides, 55 suicides, and two unintentional shooting deaths that involve guns, and children and teenagers are often the ones who are shot.  
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From teaching suicide prevention to being on suicide watch - BBC News

James Withey used to teach suicide prevention - then ended up attempting suicide. It inspired him to create a website to help others in the depths of depression.  
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over 4 years ago
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Mental health problems contribute to a quarter of “later” maternal deaths after childbirth

Maternal deaths in the United Kingdom have continued to fall, but more could be done to prevent suicides during pregnancy or in the first year after birth, the Confidential Enquiry into Maternal Deaths has found.1  
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Mental health problems contribute to a quarter of “later” maternal deaths after childbirth

Maternal deaths in the United Kingdom have continued to fall, but more could be done to prevent suicides during pregnancy or in the first year after birth, the Confidential Enquiry into Maternal Deaths has found.1  
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Mental health problems contribute to a quarter of “later” maternal deaths after childbirth

Maternal deaths in the United Kingdom have continued to fall, but more could be done to prevent suicides during pregnancy or in the first year after birth, the Confidential Enquiry into Maternal Deaths has found.1  
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Mental health problems contribute to a quarter of “later” maternal deaths after childbirth

Maternal deaths in the United Kingdom have continued to fall, but more could be done to prevent suicides during pregnancy or in the first year after birth, the Confidential Enquiry into Maternal Deaths has found.1  
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over 4 years ago
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Cognitive behavioural therapy or antidepressants for acute depression?

Depression is an important and underappreciated cause of global morbidity and mortality. It is the second leading cause of years lost to disability, accounting for approximately 10% of all such losses.1 2 More than half of the roughly 1 million people worldwide who die from suicide each year have depression.3 Although reported point prevalence rates for major depressive disorder in primary care are of the order of 10%,4 the literature is unclear about which evidence based treatments are most effective.  
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Can Clinicians' Notes Detect Suicide Risk in Patients? CME/CE

: Linguistic analysis of clinicians' notes may help identify use of distancing language, which appears to be a marker of suicide risk, as seen in outpatients of Veterans Affairs medical centers.  
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over 4 years ago
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GMC promises more compassionate approach to doctors under investigation

Letters from the General Medical Council to doctors facing investigation will use more “sensitive” language from early next year and will lay more emphasis on the support services available to them, after a report into a series of suicides by doctors undergoing fitness to practise investigations.  
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Disturbing Trends in Physician Burnout and Satisfaction With Work-Life Balance - Mayo Clinic Proceedings

Recent data analyses reveal the disturbing decline in well-being of contemporary US physicians. This trend has captured the attention of not only affected physicians and researchers but also physicians' patients and the general public. For example, the September 7, 2015, issue of TIME Magazine featured an article titled “Life/Support: Inside the Movement to Save the Mental Health of America's Doctors.”1x1Oaklander, M. Life/Support: inside the movement to save the mental health of America's doctors. TIME Magazine. 2015; 186: 42–51See all References1 The article addresses many troubling facts about the state of physicians in the United States, including that as many as 400 US physicians are dying by suicide each year, a number comparable, the author points out, with the graduating classes of two or three medical school classes annually. Physicians who remain in practice while burned out show higher propensities for making medical errors and diminished quality of medical practice and professionalism. Worse still, patients of depleted physicians are less compliant with physicians' care plans. These disquieting patterns, the author concludes, show that “[d]octors are stressed, burned out, depressed, and when they suffer, so do their patients.”1x1Oaklander, M. Life/Support: inside the movement to save the mental health of America's doctors. TIME Magazine. 2015; 186: 42–51See all References1,p43  
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'Suicide' gene therapy kills prostate cancer cells - BBC News

A new gene therapy technique is able to genetically modify prostate cancer cells so that a patient's body attacks and kills them, US scientists have discovered.  
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over 4 years ago
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Prescription Drug Abuse Raises Suicide Risk in Teens

A new study ties nonmedical use of prescription pain relievers, stimulants, and depressants to increased risk for suicidal ideation in adolescents.  
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over 4 years ago
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Can Parental Death Early in Life Raise the Risk for Suicide? CME/CE

: A population-based cohort study finds that the death of a parent during childhood, particularly from suicide, is linked with an increased risk for suicide among the offspring.  
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over 4 years ago
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Obama issues executive orders to curtail gun violence

Frustrated by the lack of congressional action on gun control, President Barack Obama announced on 5 January a series of executive orders aimed at reducing gun violence in the United States. Each year firearms are responsible for about 84 000 non-fatal injuries in the US and about 33 000 deaths, of which about 11 000 are homicides and 21 000 are suicides.  
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Depression (mood) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Depression is a state of low mood and aversion to activity that can affect a person's thoughts, behavior, feelings and sense of well-being.[1][2] People with a depressed mood can feel sad, anxious, empty, hopeless, helpless, worthless, guilty, irritable, ashamed or restless. They may lose interest in activities that were once pleasurable, experience loss of appetite or overeating, have problems concentrating, remembering details or making decisions, and may contemplate, attempt or commit suicide. Insomnia, excessive sleeping, fatigue, aches, pains, digestive problems or reduced energy may also be present.[3] Depressed mood is a feature of some psychiatric syndromes such as major depressive disorder,[2] but it may also be a normal reaction to life events such as grief, a symptom of some bodily ailments or a side effect of some drugs and medical treatments.  
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Doctors and patients express concern over prospect of physician assisted death

Doctors and members of the UK public are concerned at the prospect of legalisation of physician assisted dying, research commissioned by the BMA has found.1  
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Suicide and Eating Disorders: New Data

Suicide risk is elevated in persons with eating disorders, but new data show other factors have a strong influence.  
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over 4 years ago
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Two Views Show Turmoil Surrounding Physician-Assisted Death

One article said physicians should be able to help patients have control over their bodies at the end of life; another said it should never be allowed and goes against physicians' basic oath.  
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over 4 years ago
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Management of psychotropic drugs during pregnancy

Psychiatric conditions (including substance misuse disorders) are serious, potentially life threatening illnesses that can be successfully treated by psychotropic drugs, even during pregnancy. Because few rigorously designed prospective studies have examined the safety of these drugs during pregnancy, the default clinical recommendation has been to discontinue them, especially during the first trimester. However, in the past decade, as more evidence has accumulated, it seems that most psychotropic drugs are relatively safe to use in pregnancy and that not using them when indicated for serious psychiatric illness poses a greater risk to both mother and child, including tragic outcomes like suicide and infanticide. This review presents an up to date and careful examination of the most rigorous scientific studies on the effects of psychotropic drugs in pregnancy. The lack of evidence in several areas means that definite conclusions cannot be made about the risks and benefits of all psychotropic drug use in pregnancy.  
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Management of psychotropic drugs during pregnancy

Psychiatric conditions (including substance misuse disorders) are serious, potentially life threatening illnesses that can be successfully treated by psychotropic drugs, even during pregnancy. Because few rigorously designed prospective studies have examined the safety of these drugs during pregnancy, the default clinical recommendation has been to discontinue them, especially during the first trimester. However, in the past decade, as more evidence has accumulated, it seems that most psychotropic drugs are relatively safe to use in pregnancy and that not using them when indicated for serious psychiatric illness poses a greater risk to both mother and child, including tragic outcomes like suicide and infanticide. This review presents an up to date and careful examination of the most rigorous scientific studies on the effects of psychotropic drugs in pregnancy. The lack of evidence in several areas means that definite conclusions cannot be made about the risks and benefits of all psychotropic drug use in pregnancy.  
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over 4 years ago