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Does marijuana use cause schizophrenia? (unclear, but unlikely)

Does Mar­i­jua­na Use Cause Schiz­o­phre­nia? (The New York Times):

… The con­cern is focused large­ly on the link between heavy usage and psy­chosis in young peo­ple. Doc­tors first sus­pect­ed a link some 70 years ago, and the evi­dence has only accu­mu­lat­ed since then. In a forth­com­ing book, “Tell Your Chil­dren,” Alex Beren­son, a for­mer Times reporter, argues that legal­iza­tion is putting a gen­er­a­tion at high­er risk of schiz­o­phre­nia and oth­er psy­chot­ic syn­dromes. Crit­ics, includ­ing lead­ing researchers, have called the argu­ment overblown, and unfaith­ful to the sci­ence Read the rest of this entry »

Bioethicists call for stronger oversight of direct-to-consumer neurotechnologies

Bioethi­cists call for over­sight of poor­ly reg­u­lat­ed, con­sumer-grade neu­rotech­nol­o­gy prod­ucts (Med­ical News):

The mar­ket­ing of direct-to-con­sumer “neu­rotech­nolo­gies” can be entic­ing: apps that diag­nose a men­tal state, and brain devices that improve cog­ni­tion or “read” one’s emo­tion­al state. How­ev­er, many of these increas­ing­ly pop­u­lar prod­ucts aren’t ful­ly sup­port­ed by sci­ence and have lit­tle to no reg­u­la­to­ry over­sight, which pos­es Read the rest of this entry »

Global mental healthcare meets the digital revolution

…When com­mit­ting to the Unit­ed Nations’ Sus­tain­able Devel­op­ment Goals in 2015, world lead­ers empha­sized the impor­tance of pro­mot­ing men­tal health and well-being world­wide. Yet three years lat­er, the sit­u­a­tion remains grim. Every year, 800,000 lives are lost due to sui­cide. In the Unit­ed States alone, Read the rest of this entry »

An idea gaining traction: Can measuring typing cadence help monitor and treat Parkinson’s Disease?

FDA grants break­through device des­ig­na­tion to Neu­raMetrix (press release):

The U.S. Food and Drug Admin­is­tra­tion (FDA) has grant­ed Break­through Device des­ig­na­tion to the Neu­raMetrix brain health mon­i­tor­ing solu­tion. The des­ig­na­tion is grant­ed for devices “that pro­vide more effec­tive treat­ment or diag­no­sis of life-threat­en­ing or irre­versibly debil­i­tat­ing human dis­ease or con­di­tions”. The approved use is mon­i­tor­ing of Parkinson’s dis­ease (PD) Read the rest of this entry »

Time to rethink Mental Health, especially anxiety disorders and depression

The glob­al men­tal health cri­sis could cost the world $16 tril­lion by 2030. With men­tal dis­or­ders on the rise in every coun­try in the world, nowhere is immune.

Poor men­tal health stops employ­ees from reach­ing their full poten­tial and forces them to take more sick days, stunt­ing pro­duc­tiv­i­ty and eco­nom­ic growth. This is also a chal­lenge with soci­ety-wide ram­i­fi­ca­tions. Lone­li­ness and iso­la­tion affect many of the most vul­ner­a­ble among us. Peo­ple with seri­ous con­di­tions such as schiz­o­phre­nia or bipo­lar dis­or­der are espe­cial­ly like­ly to be mar­gin­alised by their com­mu­ni­ties. Those with the most severe con­di­tions pay with their lives, dying pre­ma­ture­ly – as much as two decades before their time.

For­tu­nate­ly, com­ing into Davos this year we are rid­ing a sea change in how the world approach­es men­tal health.

–> Keep read­ing Why this is the year we must take action on men­tal health over at the World Eco­nom­ic Forum blog.

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