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If no one listens to us, the NHS will face its own Grenfell-style disaster | Rachel Clarke

The government is continuing to ignore medics’ repeated warnings about understaffing. The result will be many more avoidable patient deaths<p>All we know is that the victim is young, female and unconscious. Hit by a lorry, we’ve been told, while walking through town. We’re poised and waiting in gloves …

Doctors 'too reliant' on depression questionnaire designed by Pfizer, campaigners warn

Depression is being overdiagnosed because GPs are too reliant on a “basic” questionnaire designed by a pharmaceutical company which also manufacturers psychiatric drugs, campaigners have warned.<p>The easy-to-use nine-question form sets the threshold for the condition “far too low” and results in …

Why Mental Health Is A Complicated Issue For The Black Community

Progress is being made<p>Mental illness runs in my family. You wouldn’t know it though because it’s a topic that's thought as being best kept behind closed doors, swept under the rug, hidden behind a really big plant; it can live anywhere but in conversation. It wasn’t until a decade ago, when its …

Mental Health

‘I don’t know who I am without it’: the truth about long-term antidepressant use

Prescriptions have doubled in a decade, but very little is known about the effect of taking SSRIs for years and years. Is it a lifesaver or a happiness trap?<p>Sarah never planned to take antidepressants for 14 years. Three years after she began taking them, when she was 21, she went to her GP and …

Depression

The Reason Why Old People Have Bad Hearing Has Nothing To Do With Their Ears

Our brains have more trouble processing speech as we age, but there are ways to fight it.<p>Hearing loss in old age might not mean a problem with the ears at all. Instead, our brains may just be getting worse at processing speech, especially in noisy places. Worse, if that background noise is also …

The World Can't Afford To Ignore Mental Health: Here's Why

This week, the World Federation for Mental Health met in Cairns, Australia to discuss mental healthcare, particularly suicide and self-harm. Approximately one million people a year lose their lives to suicide, according to the World Health Organization. That's one person every forty seconds dying …

‘Mental health isn't addressed properly’: students on the pressures of university

With the number of students seeking counselling on the rise, we asked you to tell us about your experience of dealing with mental health issues at university<p>Elle, 20, was studying politics but dropped out in her first term mainly due to mental health issues.

Mental Health

An Italian surgeon has renewed his promise to perform the world's first head transplant after a 'proof-of-concept' experiment on a dog

His latest, renewed claim comes after his collaborators released video footage to several news outlets, including a clip shown on Tuesday on Sky News. The video appears to show a dog stumbling on all fours and wagging its tail. Sky News claims the video was shot three weeks after an experimental …

The junior doctors’ dispute is about the future of the NHS | Letters

Deborah Orr asks for a clear message from the junior doctors (Junior doctors, what exactly is it you are striking for?, 3 September). I am not a junior doctor but perhaps I can help. The NHS can barely staff a five-day routine service (emergency care is already 24/7). So stretching the same staff …

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Real Stories About Real People Show Complexity of Mental Illness

A Hungarian-born man is found ranting in the street that he is “king of the Puerto Ricans.” A perfectly healthy woman feels compelled to undergo over …

Understanding the unhappy side of serotonin

Antidepressants such as Prozac and Zoloft offer relief for over 100 million people around the world who have depression, but with a potentially …

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Patient HM review – a botched lobotomy that changed science

When Henry Molaison had his hippocampus removed, it left him with a profound memory deficit. Does Luke Dittrich, the surgeon’s grandson, have other secrets to reveal?<p>Poor Henry Molaison! In 1953, when he was in his 20s and suffering from devastating and seemingly intractable epilepsy, he was the …

Books

How language is processed by your brain

<b>(CNN) —</b> If you read a sentence (such as this one) about kicking a ball, neurons related to the motor function of your leg and foot will be activated in your brain. Similarly, if you talk about cooking garlic, neurons associated with smelling will fire up. Since it is almost impossible to do or …

Language Learning

Are commitments for mental health all talk and no action?

The scale of the mental health challenge is huge – but it’s not clear that promises of more funding and cultural change are being upheld<p>Promises, platitudes and plans are piling up for mental health, but how much is going to be delivered?<p>Mental health accounts for roughly £12bn of the NHS budget. …

How the Brain Builds Memory Chains

Think about the first time you met your college roommate. You were probably nervous, talking a little too loudly and laughing a little too heartily. …

Neuroscience

Clearest ever 'map' of the human brain reveals 100 hidden regions

The brain is a mysterious organ that has intrigued neuroscientists for a century and now a new map has discovered it is even more complex than first …

The Brain

Researchers just doubled what we know about the map of the human brain

Scientists like to say the human brain is the most complex object in the universe — three pounds of fluid and tissue, about which we understand only a fraction.<p>That fraction just grew dramatically.<p>In a study published Wednesday online in Nature, a team of researchers more than doubled the number of …

The Brain

This new brain map shows almost 100 areas never described before

'A huge leap in neuroscience of human brain'<p>You don’t have to be a neurosurgeon to know it’s hard to get to the right place without a good map. But neuroscientists have been blundering around with blurry brain maps, which sometimes aren’t very detailed, or omit important functions. That’s why a new …

Walk in the woods helps youth with mental health issues

A walk in the woods is good for the soul. For many, it may even improve mental health.<p>That's the premise of the Mood Walks program being offered by …

Mental Health

Speech Therapy terminology: What does that mean?

Each profession has their own set of words and acronyms that we all understand, but it easy to forget that not everybody does! As Speech Therapists …