No surprises to find that most people do not eat enough vegetables. The latest report by the CSRIO commissioned by Horticulture Australia found that less than half of the participants where eating enough fruit and less than a third were eating enough vegetables. The current guidelines recommend five servings of vegetables and three servings of fruit per day. And before you ask, no a cheery ripe or bounty does not constitute a serving of fruit.
The latest WHO data suggests that 300 million people around the globe are now living with depression. This is over three times the number of people who follow Justin Bieber on facebook, though I am not suggesting that there is any correlation between these two figures. It simply indicates that there are a lot of sad people in the world.
April’s Medical Journal of Australia focuses on the risk of Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR). In January 2017 we saw the first reported case of the death of a person from a bacterial infection resistant to all know antibiotics, so called Antimicrobial resistance (AMR). This highlights the growing concern about the over use of antibiotics and the development of super bugs. Next time you have a cold, reach of the vitamin C before taking amoxil.
The April ANZJP journal focuses on cognitive remediation therapy (CART), with an opinion on the subject provided a Bernhard Baune, an old research friend of mine. Probably not the most entertaining article for lay people, but food for thought for any psychiatrist. There is also a fascinating article on ” Study 329″, which is a somewhat controversial antidepressant trial highlighting concerns about study biases in sponsored research.
The April Australasian Psychiatry reviews Problem internet Use (PIU) and Internet Gaming Disorder (IGD), as new diagnostic entities. IGD has been included in DSM V. I love new disease acronyms. This also means your teenager or boyfriend can now claim to have a bonafied mental disorder whenever you can’t get him of the Xbox- psychiatric labels can be a double edged sword.