Should There Be A Role For Mental Health Professionals In The Practice Of Torture Of Prisoners And Detainees?
An analysis on bmj.com today reports that psychologists and psychiatrists should not be expected to participate in torture. This is due to the fact that they do not have the expertise to assess individual pain or the long-term effects of interrogation. The investigation is the work of Derrick Silove and Susan Rees, from the University of New South Wales in Australia. They explain that some senior members of the US military have argued that a psychologist's presence is obligatory to shield the prisoner or detainee from the "severe physical or mental pain or suffering resulting in prolonged mental harm." In addition, they comment that a number of leading scientific journals have also published papers by authors who support the presence of mental health professionals as protection for detainees.
One quarter of Detroit-area Arab Americans reported personal or familial abuse because of race, ethnicity or religion since 9/11, leading to higher odds of adverse health effects, according to a new University of Michigan study. The study was published online in the American Journal of Public Health. Muslim Arabs also reported higher rates of abuse than Christians, said lead author Aasim I. Padela, M.D., a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar in U-M's Department of General Medicine and clinical instructor in the Department of Emergency Medicine. Padela says those who reported abuse showed a higher probability of having psychological distress, lower levels of happiness and poorer perceptions of health status.
St. John's wort, or Perforate St. John's wart, Tipton's Weed or Klamath weed, is a medication that comes from a flowering plant called Hypericum perforatum. For a long time it is believed to have medicinal qualities, especially for the treatment of depression. Recent studies appear to conclude more favorably than unfavorably regarding St. John's Wort's efficacy in treating depression. St. John's wort is also known as: Amber, Amber Touch-and-Heal, Demon Chaser, Fuga Daemonum, Goatweed, Hardhay, Hypereikon, Hyperici Herba, Klamath Weed, Millepertuis, Rosin Rose, Saynt Johannes Wort, and SJW. Studies from reputable research centers report that St.
Insurance Gaps, More Obesity, More Children At Risk Shown By New National Survey Of Children's Health
A recent federal survey of children's health shows more than 6.7 million children in the United States don't have health insurance, and nearly 1 in 4 insured children lack adequate insurance coverage. The national survey also reveals that rates of obesity increased from 14.8 percent in 2003 to 16.4 percent in 2007. Today more than 10 million youths ages 10 to 17 are overweight or obese. The new findings are available on the Data Resource Center for Child and Adolescent Health, a project of the Child and Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative (CAHMI) housed at Oregon Health & Science University (http://www.childhealthdata.org). "The survey highlights disparities in health and health care quality across states and groups of children.
Biovail Corporation (NYSE/TSX: BVF) today commented on a proposed clinical trial recently announced by Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. According to Teva, the trial is intended to address reports of inefficacy and adverse events by consumers who switched from Wellbutrin XL® 300 mg, Biovail's FDA-approved brand of the antidepressant, bupropion hydrochloride, to Budeprion XL, Teva's generic formulation of the drug. The trial was described in a Dow Jones Newswire article dated December 2, 2009. Based on the limited information that has been made available about the clinical trial by Teva, Biovail believes the proposed study will not likely effectively address the complaints of consumers because it is too small in size and too brief in duration.
A policeman who has revolutionised relations between people with mental health problems, the police force and their wider community has been awarded a prestigious commendation for his contributions to social justice. PC Richard Harwin, from Hackney Metropolitan Police, received recognition at Wednesday night's Una Padel Award for his innovative liaison work with his local Mind charity, City and Hackney Mind. PC Harwin was appointed Mental Health Intervention Officer in 2008 and has worked tirelessly to improve the way the police work with victims with mental health problems. People with mental distress experience high levels of harassment and victimisation in their communities, with figures showing that 71% of people had been harassed or attacked over a two year period (1).