Tagged: Mental health

Large Swedish study finds no effect of fluoride on IQ - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Jan 05, 2017

A significant new Swedish study shows fluoride in drinking water, at the concentrations used for community water fluoridation, has no effect on IQ or other measures of cognitive ability. Fluoride levels in Swedish drinking water (mg/L). Variation between municipalities. Source: Aggeborn & Öhman (2016). Similarly, it has no effect on diagnosis or prescription of medicines for ADHD, depression, psychiatric … Read More

Psychobiotics – bacteria as a psychiatric medicine? - News

John Kerr Oct 31, 2016

A growing field of research – psychobiotics – hints that the millions of bacteria living inside us have more of a say in our mental well-being than we think. The term ‘psychobiotics’ was coined in 2013 by Ted Dinan to describe bacteria that “produce a health benefit in patients suffering from psychiatric illness.” Since then there have already been leaps forward in … Read More

Hearing voices is more common than you might think - Guest Work

Guest Author Oct 23, 2016

By John Read, University of East London Hearing voices that other people can’t is a meaningful experience. Like dreams, they can usually be understood in terms of one’s life experiences. Within mental health services, however, the prevailing medical model means some practitioners pay attention only to their presence, not their meaning. Psychiatry’s diagnostic bibles, the American DSM-5 … Read More

Why isn’t there a gene for depression? - Guest Work

Guest Author Sep 14, 2016

Sarah Bailey, University of Bath Depression is sometimes categorised as a mental, rather than a physical illness – as though somehow mental health is different from physical health. But the brain is not a magical black box inside your head. It is an organ, just like the heart or lungs, made up of cells and supplied with … Read More

NZ compares well with other OECD countries in health & other areas: But scope for improvements - Public Health Expert

Public Health Expert Nov 15, 2013

Assoc Prof Nick Wilson and Dr Nisha Nair NZ compares favourably with other OECD countries in many ways – according to the just released results of the OECD’s “Better Life Index”. This blog considers some of the details and also … Continue reading → … Read More

Happiness surveys, & can health sector interventions improve well-being? - Public Health Expert

Public Health Expert Sep 18, 2013

Assoc Prof Nick Wilson & Prof Tony Blakely According to the just released “World Happiness Report 2013”, New Zealanders are among the happiest people in the world, ranking 13th out of 156 nations examined. Actually only seven countries appear to … Continue reading → … Read More

The Face of Kidney Attack Part III - Kidney Punch

John Pickering Apr 24, 2013

He didn’t die, quite.  But later thought he may well of.  Steve Gurney’s episode of Acute Kidney Injury (see Part II) didn’t finish him after he was discharged from his third hospital (one each in Malaysia, Singapore and New Zealand) – 4 weeks after the event. While media outlets clamoured to hear the story of … Continue reading » … Read More

Beer, anxiety and depression – their origins - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Oct 23, 2012

Book review: Angst: Origins of Anxiety and Depression by Jeffrey P. Kahn Price: US$27.97, NZ$49.99 Hardcover: 304 pages Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA (October 22, 2012) ISBN-10: 0199796440 ISBN-13: 978-0199796441 I can see this book appealing to beer lovers. Or … Continue reading → … Read More

One third of New Zealanders addicted to food: fact or fiction? - Kidney Punch

John Pickering Sep 20, 2012

Today’s Press Headlines read “Third of Kiwis ‘need to kick food addiction’” The quote is attributed to Professor Doug Sellman, Director of the National Addiction Centre and is a call for more funding to support this group. My first reaction was “Give someone a hammer and everything looks like a nail.” Alas, I can’t leave … Continue reading » … Read More

Brain Zap - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh Jan 07, 2012

I have been meaning to blog about this article in Stuff on Electroconvulsive Therapy. As with almost every media article I have every seen on the subject, this one is thoroughly biased against ECT. It is as if journalists cannot resist dredging up the checkered and lurid past of ECT and presenting current ECT practice […] Related posts: … Read More