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Williams review into gross negligence manslaughter in healthcare

The review chaired by Professor Sir Norman Williams makes recommendations to support a more just and learning culture in the healthcare system. It covers the process for investigating gross negligence manslaughter, reflective practice of healthcare professionals and regulation of healthcare

Alcohol withdrawal can be deadly – here’s why

If it’s not done properly, withdrawal from alcohol can have terrible health consequences of its own, including death. Adam Taylor of Lancaster University explains why.

Mental health funding: NHS vs local

Watch out tomorrow at 2.30pm for a House of Lords oral question posed by Lord Cotter on the Proportion of mental-health treatmennt funded by the NHS nationally as against local funding.

‘Smoke and mirror’ tactics of drink-drive defence teams criticised

The government’s forensic science regulator has launched an investigation into the work of some expert witnesses in drink-driving cases, triggered by a recent high court judgment that raised concerns about defence teams requesting vast amounts of “irrelevant” technical information to challenge

25% of Finnish youths know someone who’s driven while on drugs

Those caught for drugged driving on Finnish roads were commonly under the influence of amphetamines, cannabis or benzodiazepines, according to a survey commissioned by the Road Safety Council and carried out by polling firm Kantar TNS.

Video game addiction is a mental health disorder, WHO says, but some health experts don’t agree

The American Psychiatric Association holds that there is not “sufficient evidence” to consider gaming addiction as a “unique mental disorder”” So does the The Society for Media Psychology and Technology, part of the American Psychological Association. So how to approach a behavior

New antidote to treat alcohol intoxication

The metabolism of alcohol mainly relies on an enzyme called aldehyde dehydrogenase. Inspired by this, scientists from the US and China developed an antidote that mimics a liver cell. The research was funded by a grant from the US National Institutes of

Giving morphine to babies born with opioid addiction

As the opioid crisis continues, an estimated one baby is born every 20 minutes to a mother addicted to the painkilling drugs. But doctors have few proven ways to treat infants who become dependent on opioids in utero and are born in withdrawal

Looking beyond triple threat for mental health awareness month

As a clinician/interventionist, I’ve had clients with a multiplicity of problematic behaviors – from substance abuse, to anxiety, depression, mania, bipolar disorder, holding hands with process disorders such as gambling, debt, sex… And chronic pain and the opioid epidemic… grief, loss,

18 June 2018

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