Advance Directives for Psych Care Reduce Compulsory Admissions

Providing peer or community health workers to help psychiatric patients with complete psychiatric advance directives (PAD) to govern care in advance of a mental health crisis is associated with a significant reduction in compulsory hospital admissions, new research shows. Results of a randomized trial showed the peer worker PAD group had a 42% reduction in … Read more

Hormonal Contraceptives Protective Against Suicide?

Contrary to previous analyses, women without a history of psychiatric illness who take combined hormonal contraceptives do not have an increased risk for attempted suicide but may have a reduced risk with extended use, new research suggests. In a study of more than 800 women younger than age 50 who attempted suicide and more than … Read more

Schizophrenia Raises Risk of Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Patients with schizophrenia are at increased risk of developing inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) compared with the general population, according to a large study from Taiwan that provides more evidence of a gut-brain link. The study also shows that patients with schizophrenia develop IBD at a younger age and that the risk increases with inadequately controlled … Read more