In the November issue of The British Journal of Psychiatry there is a special mention of psychiatrist Dr Henry Rollin who having celebrated his 101st Birthday is continuing to submit papers to journals!
In the November issues there is also a study on the effects of the Nagasaki bombing at the end of the World War II on the mental health of the local population. The researchers looked at people that had been in the area near the blast but without exposure to the radiation compared to a control group who were not in the area of the blast. A key finding was that survivors of the nuclear blast were more likely to suffer mental illness when they were in the vicinity of the blast compared to the control group. This was assessed using the General Health Questionnaire 28 score. Part of this finding could be accounted for by knowledge about nuclear blasts. Thus those who did not understand that a nuclear flash was not associated with radiation injury scored more highly on the GHQ 28 than those who understood that witnessing the flash would not in itself cause radiation injury. This means that not understanding the nature of the nuclear flash had consequences for survivors mental health that appeared to last throughout their lives.
The Alzheimer’s Research Forum reported on the recent Clinical Trials in Alzheimer’s Disease Conference in a series of articles (see here, here, here, here, here, here and here). The coverage includes new developments in Clinical Trials and a closer look at the use of the EEG.
One research group is reporting that the use of a combination of neuropsychological, CSF and structural imaging data on Hippocampal subfields can be used in the assessment of 12-month conversion rates from MCI to Alzheimer’s Disease. There were 120 subjects in the study – using data from the Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative and it would be beneficial to see these preliminary findings replicated. Were these findings to be replicated further down the line there would need to be a separate piece of work around taking this outside of specialised research centres and into the clinical setting so although interesting the next stage needs to be verification of the findings.
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