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Benzos linked to opioid overdose

Eliminating concurrent use of benzodiazepines and prescription opioids could reduce emergency visits or inpatient admissions for opioid overdose by 15%, according to American researchers who analysed the medical records of 315,428 people aged 18 to 64 years

Easy screen for CVD risk in mentally ill

Patients with psychiatric disorders are especially likely to develop cardiovascular disease (CVD), which seems to be the main reason underlying their shorter life expectancy of between 15 and 20 years.

Depression and the menopause

Depression becomes less common after the menopause, according to an American study of 203 women who were premenopausal at baseline (mean age 42.8 years) and reached their natural menopause at, on average, 51.1 years. Depression was 51 per cent more common in the two years immediately after the menopause. However, the proportion of women with high scores on the Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale (CESDS) decreased by about 15% a year from 10 years before to eight years after the final period.

Depression and MI

Over the years, a growing body of evidence has suggested that depression and anxiety increased the risk of acute myocardial infarction (AMI). However, the nature of the relationship between heart attacks and mental state remains controversial. Now research suggests that the two conditions might share an underlying cause: inflammation.

Management of postnatal depression

Identifying women at risk of postnatal depression and managing them with an individualised plan is important, as discussed by Suneeta Kochhar

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