Podcast Review: 12th October-18th October 2008

In this Podcast review, attention is drawn to the 11.10.08 edition of the Lancet podcast which focuses on the Global Mental Health Movement.

The 11th October edition of the Lancet features a discussion with Vikram Patel on the Global Mental Health movement which follows from a series of articles published in the lancet last year culminating in a call for action. Patel discusses the progress that has been made over the past year. The Global Mental Health Movement focuses on the unmet mental health needs of people in low and middle income countries. The website for the Global Mental Health Movement explains the movement in more detail.

The 18th October edition of the Lancet looks at a new peptide antagonist for Migraine which should avoid cardiovascular interactions and is due to be presented to the regulatory authorities. There is a brief mention of research looking at Candesartan in Type I and Type II Diabetes.

In the 9.10.08 edition of the NEJM podcast there is a discussion of a Tiotropium trial in COPD showing reduction in risk of exacerbation and hospitalisations and the suggestion that it doesn’t modify disease but manages symptoms. There was also a discussion of 2 prospective diabetes trials, taking data from the UK Prospective Diabetes Study (UKPDS) and showing the benefits of tight blood pressure control as well as benefits of Metformin, Sulphonylurea and Insulin.  There are a number of other issues discussed including potential improvements in treatment for H5N1 the involvement of a cytokine storm in the pathogenicity of the virus.

The 16.10.08 edition of the NEJM podcast looks at microdeletions and microreplicatons on chromosome 1q21.1 associated with autism, learning disability and variable phenotypes. This region has previously been associated with schizophrenia.


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