New Developments in Sharing Clinical Trial Data News Round-Up November 2013 3rd Edition

This Alzheimer’s Research Forum article looking at new international developments in sharing of clinical trial data.

Researchers have found a link between retinal thickness and Alzheimer’s Disease using optical coherence tomography.

There is an interesting Alzheimer’s Research Forum write-up of a study looking at amyloid plaques up to 1 year after TBI.

Researchers find Alzheimer’s Disease related Presenilin mutation increases the frequency of Dementia in Alzheimer’s Disease related Amyloid Precursor Protein cleavage.

Authors on the Mental Elf Blog look at the BMC Psychiatry systematic review of internet-based interventions for eating disorders in adults, a PLOS One systematic review of music therapy, two meta-analyses looking at self-harm, a review of treatments for pain associated with behavioural problems in Dementia and a review of a randomised controlled trial on screening and counselling in primary care for intimate partner violence.

This Swedish study looks at risk factors for mental illness in over 1 million people and finds a link with downward social mobility.

This meta-analysis found evidence of efficacy of CBGT for social anxiety disorder compared to control conditions.

This research looked at the sensitivity of frontal lobe testing after MRI-confirmed right frontal CVA.

Researchers looked at a selection of smartphone smoking cessation applications and found evidence of a low adherence to specific American clinical guidelines.

A PLOS One meta-analysis confirms a link between mortality and sitting and also finds that risk modification is linked with exercise.

The authors of a PLOS One study looked at a selection of handheld medical display devices and found evidence of variation in display image quality.

A PLOS One meta-analysis looked at the utilisation of clinical laboratory tests. The authors found evidence of over and underutilisation which varied across clinical settings. The authors noted the low cost of laboratory tests relative to other aspects of management and highlight the importance of early tests.

Neuroscience

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Social networks make society ‘smarter’ by distributing knowledge/skills – study uses model of society.

Purpose in life linked to improved emotional recovery after presentation of negative stimuli in PLOS One study.

Evolution

Evolutionary PsychiatryResearchers find evidence of the evolution of evolvability in Lyme disease bacteria.

Researchers find that ‘Huh’ is used across several languages and suggest convergent language evolution. The researchers looked at 10 languages.

Evidence that Neanderthals were using toothpicks and string.

Appendix

News Round-Up 2008-2011

News Round-Up 2012

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  1. […] New Developments in Sharing Clinical Trial Data News Round-Up November 2013 3rd Edition This Alzheimer’s Research Forum article looking at new international developments in sharing of clinical trial data. Researchers have found a link between retinal thickness and Alzheimer’s Disease using optical coherence tomography. There is an interesting Alzheimer’s Research Forum write-up of a study looking at amyloid plaques up to 1 year after TBI. Researchers find Alzheimer’s […] Ernest Hemingway Helps Researchers Investigate Theory of Mind News Round-Up November 2013 2nd Edition BMC Psychiatry have published an Open-Access series on treatment resistance in eating disorders including this editorial by Secondo Fassino and Giovanni Abbate-Daga. Approaches include reconceptualisations of psychodynamic formulations by psychoanalysts such as Donald Winnicott (some of his works have been reviewed elsewhere on this blog e.g here). The series includes a clinical overview, a study […] The Origins of Art? These were pictures I took in Kerala, India. The monkey (Bonnet Macaque) on the right stopped for a moment to examine a flower. Was it admiring the flower for its colour or aesthetic appeal? I don’t know but it soon left the flower. Nature in all its variety is truly breathtaking. Bees and others insects […] Large Variation in DNA in Neurons Found News Round-Up November 2013 1st Edition There is an interesting MedWire News write-up of a study which found a link between self-reported mood stability and psychotic episodes. The researchers looked at the responses to a question about mood stability that was administered in a large survey. They found a link between a high self-rating of mood instability and likelihood of psychotic […] Movies and Mental Illness: What Do We Do About Stigma? (Updated 12.11.13) I’m a great fan of films and really grateful to the film industry for the entertainment they’ve produced. I’m grateful for free speech, letting everyone have their say even if we don’t like what it is they’re saying. But there come’s a point when we have to just take a step back and see the […] […]

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