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A summary of the latest media coverage for King's College London and Higher Education including headlines from national and international newspapers, specialist journals, television and radio programmes, with a link to the article where possible.

There is also a searchable Archive going back to 2004.

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So what's the truth about depression pills? A study says antidepressants do work and a million more should use them

Daily Mail 23rd February 2018

Article about an Oxford study which advises that antidepressants do work for the people who are prescribed them. Article takes a critical view of this study. Allan Young, of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience said of the study, 'We should be aware these findings only apply to major compulsive disorder.'

Trump's language on school shooter's mental health could be harmful, experts say

CNN Edition 23rd February 2018

Article about the language used by US President Donald Trump around gun shootings and mental health. Diana Rose of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience said, 'You cannot solve the problem by locking people up. It is just nonsense, and it destroys lives and is a deep form of social control, rather than provide people the support they need... it is almost impossible to predict, even if someone has a diagnosis, if they are going to be a risk' for violence.

Heavy drinking can treble risk of getting dementia

Daily Mail 21st February 2018

Article concerning a french study about how heavy drinking can treble risk of getting dementia. Tony Rao of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, said 'The baby boomers grew up in a post-war world where there were much more liberal attitudes to alcohol and less attention paid to health risks. This has now transplanted to later life.'

BBC Radio 5 Live

BBC Radio 5 LIve 21st February 2018

Radio segment about closure of drug and alcohol rehab clinics. Colin Drummond of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience is interviewed, and said the closures have contributed to drug deaths as well as an increase in crimes such as burglery and car theft. Calls for no more funding/budget cuts

Can eating a £1 gummy bear made with cannabis oil really boost your health?

Daily Mail 20th February 2018

Article about benefits of cannabis oil in health, using in gummy bears. Amir Englund from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, said 'the daily dose from of CBD from these would be very low and there are no studies to support the idea that it would have any beneficial effects.' Also quoted was Tom Freeman, from the institute, who said, 'CBD has great potential [...] but none of these products on sale has been through clinical trials and people should definitely not be using them as thought they were a medicine.'

How reading crime novels could help ease depression

Daily Mail 20th February 2018

Article about the benefits of reading on depression. Carmine Pariante from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience said that print and audio books work better than similar tv shows because the reader has control over how long they spend reading or listening. However, 'Reading is not a substitute for antidepressants in patients who really need them.'

Schizophrenia patients calmed by video game

BBC News 12th February 2018

Scientists believe they have made a breakthrough in treating schizophrenia by helping patients to train themselves to control verbal hallucinations using an MRI scanner and a computer game. A pilot study at King's College London's Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience and the University of Roehampton suggested the technique could help patients who did not respond to medication. Dr Natasza Orlaz of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience said, “Our study has shown that people with schizophrenia can learn some sort of mental strategy to help their symptoms – something which several years of medication has not helped with"

Also covered in Daily Telegraph, The Times, Daily Mail, Sky News (online and broadcast), BBC World News, BBC World, Yahoo, The Week, Huffington Post, Press Association and Metro

Why are so many of our heroes committing suicide?

Daily Mail 10th February 2018

An article reporting on the mental health issues facing the armed forces. Neil Greenberg, from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience said, 'We know that people who work in a combat role are at risk of suffering poor mental health as a result of deployment. There is a lot of scientific evidence show that "social support" is generally very protective of people's mental health. But even with the best support, some people can be psychologically injured by severe stress.'

Just one hour a week of social interaction helps dementia patients

The Guardian 7th February 2018

A study by King's College found that just one hour of social interaction a week can improve the lives of dementia patients in care homes and save money. Previous research has shown that care home residents may have as little as two minutes of social interaction a day. Increasing that to an hour a week, when combined with personalised care, reduced dementia sufferers' agitation and aggression, and improved their quality of life, according to a trial carried out by researchers from the University of Exeter, King's College London and Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust. Professor Clive Ballard of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience said, 'We have previously found that the average amount of social interaction for people with dementia was just two minutes a day. It's hardly surprising when that has a knock on effect on qulaity of life and agitation. We must roll out approaches that work to do justice to some of the most vulnerable people in society'

Also covered in Daily Telegraph, The Times, i, Daily Express, The Sun, Daily Mail, Nursing Times and Express

Encourage vaping to help more smokers quit - report

Daily Telegraph 6th February 2018

Article about PHE review into e-cigarettes, PHE recommends that every smoker trying to quit should be encouraged to take up vaping, including via prescription or within hospitals. The independent review into e-cigarettes said 57,000 smokers quit every year by taking up vaping, and was conducted by experts from King's College London, the UK Centre for Tobacco and Alcohol Studies, and the University of Stirling. Ann McNeill of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience said, 'We want stop-smoking practitioners and health professionals to support smokers who would like to use e-cigarettes to stop.'

Also covered in Guardian, The Times, i, The Sun, BBC Radio 5, BBC Radio London, BBC1 London, BBC Radio 4, BBC News, The Independent, London Evening Standard, BMJ, The Week & Mirror

Could ketamine help treat alcohol dependence?

Guardian 5th February 2018

Article about potential for using ketamine to help treat alcohol dependence. Lilla Porffy is a MRC-DTP PhD Student from the Insitutute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, and is working with other researchers from UCL. They are working on addiction and mental health research, including the KARE (Ketamine for reduction of Alcohol Relapse).

Alarming toll of wine o'clock: Heavy evening drinking is now sixth biggest cause of serious illness among the Baby Boomer generation

Daily Mail 1st February 2018

Article about alcohol now being the biggest cause of illness for people in their 50s and 60s. Tony Rao, visiting lecturer at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience said, ''The baby boomers grew up in a post-war world where there were much more liberal attitudes to alcohol and less attention paid to health risks... There is now increasing evidence to to suggest that if you are an older person regularly drinking over three pints of beer or over half a bottle of wine a day for five years or more, you are at a higher risk of developing problems with memory and the possibility of alcohol-related dementia' Covered in print and online, also on 02/02/18 online; and in Daily Mail 03/02/18

Children as young as four who fall behind at school are more likely to suffer psychotic disorders, such as schizophrenia, when they are adults (Web)

Daily Mail 1st February 2018

Signs of future psychotic disorders can be spotted at age four, as falling IQ scores in childhood can be a sign of mental problems in later life, research suggests. Josephine Mollon, previously of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience said, 'For individuals with psychotic disorders, our results suggest the first signs of cognitive decline are apparent as early as age four...For individuals with psychotic disorders, cognitive decline does not just begin in adulthood, when individuals start to experience symptoms such as hallucinations and delusions, but rather many years prior, when difficulties with intellectual tasks first emerge, and worsen over time." However, only a small minority with poor IQ scores will go on to suffer mental illness. Covered in print and online, and in the Sun; also in Hindustan Times 02/02/18 online

Blood test finds toxic Alzheimer's proteins

BBC News 1st February 2018

Scientists in Japan and Australia have developed a blood test that can detect the build-up of toxic proteins linked to Alzheimer's disease. The test was 90% accurate when trialled on healthy people, those with memory loss and Alzheimer's patients. Experts said the approach was at an early stage and needed further testing, but was still very promising. Abdul Hye, of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience said, 'This study has major implications as it is the first time a group has shown a strong association of blood plasma amyloid with brain and cerebrospinal fluid." However, the blood test was still a long way from being able to be used in medical centers.

Also covered in Reuters; and in The Hindu 02/02/2018; and in VOA News 09/02/2018

Food: Truth or Scare, BBC 1

BBC 1 1st February 2018

Feature on brain-boosting foods, which includes contribution by Dr Sandrine Thuret from King's College London.

New unit to inform mental health policy

The Psychologist 31st January 2018

UCL and King's College London are leading the establishment of the new NIHR Mental Health Policy Research Unit. Commissioned by the Department of Health, the unit will bring mental health researchers, clinicians, service users and carers closer together in working to inform policy.

Stronger cannabis linked to rise in demand for drug treatment programmes

Guardian 31st January 2018

Article about an IoPPN study suggesting that admissions to treatment centres rise and fall in line with cannabis strength. Tom Freeman of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience said, “This is the first study to provide evidence for an association between changes in potency and health-related outcomes.”

Academics 'lack support' to help with student mental health

Times Higher Education 29th January 2018

Article about a new report suggesting that university professors are struggling to cope with requests from students for support with mental health issues. The co-author on the report was Nicola Byrom from the Insitute of Psychiarty, Psychology and Neuroscience. The report advised that "Responding to the range and complexity of issues that students present to academics was seen to have ongoing cognitive, emotional, relational and practical effects" The report was also covered in the Times 29/01/2018 in print and online, and in Times Higher Education in print 05/02/18

Duchess of Cambridge to visit NHS unit caring for mothers with mental health issues

Daily Mail 24th January 2018

Article about Duchess of Cambridge's visit to IoPPN's Maurice Wohl Clinical Neuroscience Institute and Mother and Baby Unit at the Bethlem Royal Hospital on Wednesday 24/01/2018

The Duchess of Cambridge visits King's College London's IoPPN

Daily Mail 24th January 2018

The Duchess of Cambridge today visited the Maurice Wohl Clinical Neuroscience Institute at King’s College London to find out more about the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience’s (IoPPN) pioneering ‘bench to bedside’ perinatal mental health research and to meet leading scientists in the area. The Duchess continued to the Mother and Baby Unit, Royal Bethlem Hospital, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, to meet clinicians and patients.
Reported by the Daily Mail, Telegraph, Daily Star, Express, The Times, Huffington Post, Mirror, The Sun, and Yahoo; and International Business Times on 25/01

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Retirement causes brain function to rapidly decline, warn scientists

Telegraph 23rd January 2018

New research shows that brain function declines rapidly as soon as people stop work. Researchers from University College London and King's College London studied 3,400 civil servants over a 30-year period in the Whitehall II study, which they published online in the European Journal of Epidemiology. The results were published in the European Journal of Epidemiology

Also published in Daily Mail, Daily Express, The Sun, Daily Star, online and in print; and in The Times 24/01/2018 Print and online

What neuroscience has to say about 'Alice in Wonderland'

Galileu 23rd January 2018

The profile of Alice's characters in Wonderland has also yielded several studies on neurological and psychological disorders. Holly Barker, Basic and Clinical Neuroscience PhD student at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience proposed two more diagnoses that she thinks are evident in the stories of Lewis Carroll, author of Alice's classics. In text published in Neuroscience News , Barker identifies that, "At various points in the story, Alice questions her own identity and feels somehow 'different' from when she woke up." This may characterize the disorder of depersonalization, a disorder that makes the person feel that does not belong to the body, think that is not living that moment and present a lack of memories and thoughts. Another disorder diagnosed by Barker is the prosopagnosia of the Humpty-Dumpty character. The disease, which can be both hereditary and caused by trauma, prevents the person from recognizing faces

Defence chiefs secretly shut five mental health centres despite a wave of soldier suicides and rise in PTSD cases

Daily Mail 21st January 2018

Article about the closure of 5 military mental health units (DCMHs) since 2015. Neil Greenberg, from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience said, there had also been a reduction in the number of hours that the DCMHs were open, impacting on the quality of care and ‘DCMH now won’t see people out of office hours. Delays in providing therapy may lead to unnecessary medical discharges which is an own goal for the military and unnecessarily difficult for those affected.’

Use of sand vests to calm children with ADHD sparks concern

Guardian 20th January 2018

Some German schools are deploying sandbags as weighted clothing for students with ADHD to help their breathing. However, it isnt clear whether this will improve outcomes in the longterm, and it may be stigmatising. Philip Asherson, from Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, said, 'It's an idea that has caught people's imaginations, particularly among occupational therapists, but i've not seen good evidence for this'. Asherson also said that a crucial element of helping children with ADHD thrive was to find things that they did well and were passionate about, particularly outside of school.

The subject was also covered in a corresponding article 'Use of sand vests to calm children with ADHD sparks controversy in Germany'

Does dry January work? We ask the experts

The Guardian 19th January 2018

Article about giving up alcohol for January. Colin Drummond, from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, said that in light of the huge advertising campaigns by the alcohol industry, attempts to encourage individuals to drink less were to be welcomed. But he, too, said more research was needed. “There has been remarkably little proper valuation of campaigns like Dry January,” said, adding that such initiatives are “blunt instruments” that work best for lighter drinkers.

Also covered in print edition of Guardian 20/01/2018

Self-guided course helps women manage menopause symptoms at work

Reuters 19th January 2018

A self-help cognitive behavioral therapy program combined with relaxation techniques can ease working women's menopausal symptoms, according to a British study. Co-author Myra Hunter, from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience said, "This study offers women who have problematic symptoms at work a brief, non-medical solution. The brief, self-help CBT helped women to manage symptoms, and also had broader impacts on sleep and wellbeing,”

Why it's mind over matter when women are turned on

The Times 17th January 2018

Article about a study indicating that far more of a woman's brain seems to be stimulated on arousal than a man's. Qazi Rahman, of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience said of the study, 'I think the finding that women have greater brain-genital correlations comparted with men is interesting... I think it's a case of wait and see if these findings are replicated before any further conclusions can be drawn'

Not every person who hears voices is mentally ill

Vice 17th January 2018

Article about a study from IoPPN, indicating that healthy people can have auditory and visual hallucinations that are just as realistic as those of the mentally ill. Emmanuelle Peters, from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience commented on her study: "We study people who regularly experience hallucinations. On average, they've been hearing voices for 31 years without it ever being a problem for them."

Cure for smartphone addicts in black and white

Telegraph 16th January 2018

Article suggests that changing your iphone settings to black and white might cure smartphone "addiction" in adults and children. Dr Ben Carter, of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience (IoPPN), says it is 'unlikely to make a difference'

Employers urged to 'normalise' menopause in the workplace

BBC News 16th January 2018

Employers need to do more to normalise conversations about menopause in the workplace. The comments came after a BBC survey found 70% of respondents did not tell their bosses they were experiencing symptoms. Dr Claire Hardy, of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience (IoPPN), said: "It might be possible to make some adjustments at work, things like having a desk fan, or moving to a desk that is near a window that can be opened to cool down. Or even having some flexible working. The woman might have been having difficulty sleeping so having a later start to work might be feasible for some women, or just to miss the rush hour as well."

Anxious teenagers ‘buy Xanax on the dark web’

Guardian 15th January 2018

A growing number of children are using the anti-anxiety drug Xanax to "self-medicate" against mental health problems, prompting calls from senior Labour MPs for an investigation into the escalating use of the tranquilliser, which is around 20 times stronger than Valium. Professor Malcolm Lader, a clinical psychopharmacologist at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) said: “[Users] become zombie-like. They’re dazed. It’s an introductory drug to more serious abuse. If they’re taking it every day … they’re going to be staggering around.”
Also reported in the Observer.

The truth about marijuana’s health effects

The Week 15th January 2018

Article on the health effects of marijuana use that cites a 2015 study from IoPPN, found here: https://www.kcl.ac.uk/ioppn/news/records/2015/February/Skunk-like-cannabis-associated-with-24-of-new-psychosis-cases.aspx

Sunday Breakfast - Radio Five Live

BBC Radio Five Live 14th January 2018

There is a call for employers to cater for women going through the menopause in the same way they do for pregnant women. A new study from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) has made the recommendation. Dr Claire Hardy comments.

Starts at 02:49.

Early tots' psych hit

The Sun 12th January 2018

Adults who were born very premature are at a greater risk of developing psychiatric problems in later life, a study says. Dr Chiara Nosarti, of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN), said discovering the link between premature birth and later complications could lead to more "targeted and effective treatments of psychiatric problems" in sufferers.

Workplaces 'should cater for menopause as they do for pregnancy'

Guardian 12th January 2018

Myra Hunter, emeritus professor of clinical health psychology at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) said that menopausal symptoms remained a "taboo issue" in many workplaces and, while policies to support pregnant women are now standard, there is still little awareness of the impact that the menopause can have on women who are often at the peak of their career. Myra Hunter said: “Often there’s a will to address this among managers, but they just don’t know how to talk about it. Women want it to be raised if appropriate. They don’t want to be treated as ill, they just want some understanding and awareness of it.”
Also reported by the Sun, BBC Radio Five Live and the Daily Mail.

Questioning the humanity of prescribing antidepressants is unhelpful and dangerous

Independent 11th January 2018

Carmine Pariante, of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN), discusses the use of antidepressants and similar medications to treat those facing mental health issues.

Birdsong can boost mental well-being for more than four hours, scientists find

Telegraph 10th January 2018

Researchers at King’s College London, landscape architects J & L Gibbons and art foundation Nomad Projects have used smartphone-based technology to assess the relationship between nature in cities and momentary mental wellbeing in real time. They found that (i) being outdoors, seeing trees, hearing birdsong, seeing the sky, and feeling in contact with nature were associated with higher levels of mental wellbeing, and that (ii) the beneficial effects of nature were especially evident in those individuals with greater levels of impulsivity who are at greater risk of mental health issues. Dr Andrea Mechelli, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN), said, ‘These findings suggest that short-term exposure to nature has a measurable beneficial impact on mental wellbeing. The interaction of this effect with trait impulsivity is intriguing, as it suggests that nature could be especially beneficial to those individuals who are at risk of poor mental health. From a clinical perspective, we hope this line of research will lead to the development of low-cost scalable interventions aimed at promoting mental health in urban populations.’
Also reported in iNews and BBC1.

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Hormone replacement therapy treatments 'can prevent depression in menopausal women'

Mirror 10th January 2018

Hormone replacement therapy treatments can prevent depression in menopausal women, a study has found. Prof Tony Cleare, of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN), said: "Unfortunately this beneficial effect comes at the expense of worsened menstrual bleeding in those taking HRT."
Also reported by the Daily Mail.

1 in 4 pregnant women have mental health problems

Daily Mail 4th January 2018

A new King’s College London study published Thursday 4 January in the British Journal of Psychiatry, found that 1 in 4 pregnant women have mental health problems. This is more common than previously thought – but two simple questions can help identify these problems so that women can be treated. Professor Louise Howard of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN), said: ‘In clinical practice, maternity professionals need to identify whether or not a woman has any mental disorder, not only mood disorders which until recently have been the main focus of concern. It is therefore encouraging that, in this study, there was little difference in diagnostic accuracy between the commonly used tools – the Whooley questions and the EPDS - in identifying a mental disorder.’
Also reported on BBC Radio Five Live, Sky News, BBC 1, BBC London, BBC Radio Scotland, BBC Radio Wales, BBC Radio 4, talkRADIO, Metro, i news, Grazia, Bustle and Channel 4 news.

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Bridge research and impacts

Nature 4th January 2018

The article refers to a self-help technique developed by researchers at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) to combat bulimia.

BBC Radio 5 live - Louise Howard

BBC Radio 5 Live 4th January 2018

New research has found that one in four expectant mothers develop mental health problems before giving birth. Includes discussion with the report's author, Professor of Women's Mental Health at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN), Louise Howard. She said: "We know that mental illness is still stigmatised in society and thats very unfortunate because it is so common for so many people and actually its the commonest complication of having a baby, it's commoner than many of the other complications that people are happy to talk about. So if only we could actually destigmatise that people could realise that its so common. It is incredibly rare for social care to feel that a woman is unable to care for her child because of mental illness. And actually both healthcare professionals and if social care are involved there primary aim is to support the woman so that she can look after the baby as well as possible."

Starts at 02:43:05.

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Sky News on the Hour - Louise Howard

Sky News 4th January 2018

One in four pregnant women suffer from mental health problems, research conducted by the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) has found. Professor Louise Howard comments. She said: "Most people have been thinking about mental illness in terms of what happens after birth, but actually our research shows that many women are experiencing problems during pregnancy and if we don't identify them then potentially those problems can continue into the pregnancy period. Therefore we want to identify treatment as early as possible."

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'I Don't Need Help'

Huffington Post 4th January 2018

A study conducted in 2016 at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) concluded that the vast majority of people suffering from depression don’t seek help.

'I was in a really negative terrible place'

BBC News 3rd January 2018

A quarter of pregnant women suffer from mental health problems, a study by King's College London suggests. Report author Prof Louise Howard, from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN), told the BBC the study showed disorders were more common in pregnancy than often realised "as there is a tendency to focus on post-natal illnesses i.e. pregnancy is not protective".

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Prince Harry asks: What's the impact of mental health?

BBC News 2nd January 2018

Research published in October 2017 found "The return on investment of workplace mental health interventions is overwhelmingly positive." Sir Simon Wessely, Regius Professor of Psychiatry at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN), says the evidence is incontrovertible."Rather than quote all the studies that show that, it's easier to say I don't know a study that doesn't," he says. "As the military says, you have to own the problem. If you are doing it in your own company, that does have a measurable impact of mental health...and productivity."

It boosts our brains, say new LSD users

Times 30th December 2017

Acid is back. The psychedelic drug so loved during the counterculture of the 1960s and 70s is undergoing a cultural renaissance on Britain's shores. Two years ago James Rucker, a psychiatrist at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN), argued for reclassification from Class A status, saying that until the late 1960s "hundreds of papers, involving tens of thousands of patients" had given evidence for using mushrooms and LSD in treating psychiatric disorders and personality development problems.

A nation hooked on 'happy pills'

Daily Mail 29th December 2017

Britain is becoming hooked on anti-depressant medicines - dubbed "Happy Pills", according to new research. Prescription rates have more than doubled in 15 years, rocketing the UK to fourth among 29 Western nations. Professor Carmine Pariante of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN), said society was becoming less tolerant of emotional pain. Also reported in the Mirror.

BBC Radio 4 - Mental health at work - Sir Simon Wessely

BBC Radio 4 27th December 2017

Professor Simon Wessely of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) is interviewed about mental health at work. He said: "As the military say, you have to own the problem. and its about your workforce."
Starts at 21:35

Researchers to study school records for clues on suicide and self-harm

Guardian 26th December 2017

Researchers are embarking on an ambitious project to see whether a child's school record can provide vital clues as to whether they are at risk of suicide or self-harm. Nearly one in 10 young people self-harm or have suicidal thoughts but understanding of the causes is limited, making prevention difficult. The lead researcher, Rina Dutta, of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) said: “We have got about three children in every state school class who will eventually have these issues so I think it’s good that we’ll be able to intervene earlier. If we are able to have a better picture of which schools in particular are having this issue then we can target potentially high-need schools and colleges and maybe the culture will change earlier and we can prevent future problems.”
Also reported in the Telegraph and Yahoo.

Electric armband to banish agony of migraines

Daily Mail 26th December 2017

An armband that emits mild electric pulses may be an effective new treatment for migraine. The article quotes Professor Peter Goadsby of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN). He said: "These early results are promising. Given patients are looking for better tolerated treatments, larger studies are needed to understand whether this treatment will be effective."

This Morning - Professor Peter Goadsby

ITV 1 London 20th December 2017

Professor Peter Goadsby from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) joins This Morning, speaking to viewers on how to cope with migraines over the festive period.
Broadcast at 11:33:54

Afternoon Edition - Amir Englund

Radio 5 Live 19th December 2017

Former teacher Jenny Hamilton joins to discuss the campaign she is taking into schools to raise awareness about the dangers of cannabis. Dr Amir Englund, a cannabis scientist at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN), joins to discuss. He said: "Cannabis has been cross-bred to produce more THC and less CBD. To make it stronger, growers have chosen varieties that make no CBD and more THC."
Starts at 09:00

Giving hope to patients could make illness easier to manage

BBC London 18th December 2017

Giving hope to patients could make their illness easier to manage. A study by experts at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) suggests the medics are often too scared to tell patients they will get better for fear of the opposite thing happening. Interview with Prof Sukhi Shergill, co-author of the study. He said: "Our first job really is to try and engender some hope that things can improve. ... Medicine is recieve much better if the person trusts what your saying. The idea that hope can be talked about in a more scientific way can be helpful for students who are junior doctors. " Starts at 06:30

BBC Radio 4 - Social Media and Mental Health

BBC Radio 4 18th December 2017

Facebook have conceded that using social media can harm our mental health. Simon Wessely of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) said: "Bullying particularly has a very very devastating effect on mental health. Most bullying happens face to face, only a small proportion happens online. We mustnt lose sight of the biggest effects on our wellbeing, always as remaining in mental and physical illness, loneliness, unemployment and poverty and so on." Starts at 08:48

Doctors shouldn't fear giving patients with long-term medical conditions hope, study finds

Telegraph 17th December 2017

Doctors have been urged to encourage patients with long-term medical conditions to be hopeful about their treatment, experts have recommended, with those who were more likely to manage their illness effectively. A study by researchers from London and Sao Paulo, Brazil, found more children with asthma or type-1 diabetes complied with monitoring and treatment regimes if they were 'hopeful' than those who were merely 'optimistic'. Professor Sukhi Shergill, of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) said the discovery may have significant implications for the management of patients with conditions such as cancer, heart disease and schizophrenia.
Also reported by BBC London.

Lifting The Veil

Independent 17th December 2017

Piece on autism in Africa which features quotes from Rosa Hoekstra from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN). Yenus is a well-known figure in Ethiopia and recognised elsewhere in Africa. She appears regularly on TV and radio. "I think you can credit her with being the main person responsible for raising autism awareness," Says Rosa Hoekstra. "She's really a very powerful, inspiring figure."

BBC Radio 4 - Discussing storytelling

BBC Radio 4 16th December 2017

Rachel Williams, neuroscientist at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN), comments on the ways neuroscience can explain the ways we react to media. She said: "It's interesting to look at the hormone oxytocin, the oxytocin release symbolises that people are empathising with the story." Starts at 08:51.

Merry juana! Cannabis ingredient could be used as antipsychotic medicine

Hindustan Times 16th December 2017

An ingredient in cannabis called cannabidiol or CBD has shown promise in a clinical trial as a potential new treatment for psychosis. Scientists at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) conducted a placebo-controlled trial of CBD in patients with psychosis and published their findings in the American Journal of Psychiatry.

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Hope is a therapeutic tool

British Medical Journal 16th December 2017

Feature on the impact that hope can have on improving medical conditions. Eduardo lacoponi & Professor Suki Shergill from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) were two of the academics who worked on the article.

Cannabis extract could provide ‘new class of treatment’ for psychosis

Independent 15th December 2017

A constituent of cannabis could hold promise as a new class of treatment for psychosis, according to King’s College London research showing significant benefits in a clinical trial. Professor Philip McGuire from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN), said: "Conventional antipsychotic drugs act by blocking dopamine receptors. However, dopamine is not the only neurotransmitter whose function is altered in psychosis, and in some patients dopamine function may be relatively normal. We need new classes of treatment that target different neurotransmitter systems."
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'Selfitis’ - the obsessive need to post selfies - is a genuine mental disorder, say psychologists

Telegraph 15th December 2017

An article reporting on an academic paper which analysed the potential for mental health conditions associated with taking selfies. Professor Sir Simon Wessely of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) said: "The research suggests that people take selfies to improve their mood, draw attention to themselves, increase their self confidence and connet with their environment. If that is true then this paper is itself an academic 'selfie'".

Bolt from the blue

Independent 12th December 2017

One of the most controversial treatments could be making a comeback in England, with the number of people seeking electroconvulsive therapy on the rise. But is it really worth the risk? At least a third of patients report significant memory loss after ECT, according to a 2003 study by Professor Diana Rose at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN).

How A 10-Minute Exercise Can Give You The Focus Of An Athlete

Huffington post 12th December 2017

We can all recognise that there's a big difference between the focus of a well-trained athlete and the rest of us. But help could be at hand as a new study has shown how a simple mental technique can significantly close this gap. Recently, we wrote about the exploratory experiment being conducted by Ford in collaboration with King's College London and tech partner UNIT9. Dr Elias Mouchlianitis of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King’s College London, said: “The interesting thing we found was that when normal people performed some simple mental exercises, they were also able to reach this higher level of performance.”

Mysteries of Sleep: Sleepwalking

BBC Radio 4 11th December 2017

In the first of a three-part series, neurologist Dr Guy Leschziner, talks to patients he's been treating at his sleep clinic at Guy's and St Thomas' hospitals in London. Michael Kopelman, Professor of Neuropsychology at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN), discusses automatism in the case of one patient who has sexsomnia. He said: "Automatism has been described as being rather like autopilot without conscious awareness." Starts at 21:25

Why Are We Searching for a 'Gay Gene'?

Vice 11th December 2017

Scientists have been searching for genetic markers of sexual orientation for decades. To date, a so-called “gay gene” has been elusive, but a new study out last week in the journal Scientific Reports is a potential game-changer: For the first time, researchers have honed in on two specific genes that could potentially play a role in the development of sexual orientation. According to Qazi Rahman, a researcher who studies sexual orientation at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN), “gaining insight into this is useful to biological science.”

Forced Hallucinations Reveal Secret Reason Why Some People Are Scared of Things That Aren't There (Web)

Newsweek 8th December 2017

Hallucinations "perceiving things that aren't there" are common, but responses to them vary widely. Emmanuelle Peters, who studies psychology and psychotic symptoms at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN), comments on the finding of a recent study. She said: “Viewing the tasks [mind tricks] as threatening and with unhelpful attributions was only found in the clinical group.”

Sexsomnia: My boyfriend raped his ex 'in his sleep'

BBC News 5th December 2017

Everyone knows about sleeping people who get up and go for a walk, but far less is heard about the rare cases of men who try to have sex in their sleep. One found himself in serious trouble, reports the BBC's Sally Abrahams. Because defendants are never having their brainwaves measured when they carry out the attack it can be hard to know for sure whether they were conscious or not, says Mike Kopelman, emeritus professor of neuropsychiatry at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN). He also said: "If you find evidence of conscious deliberation, motivation or of recall, that rules out it having been an automatism."

The experts' guide to banishing headaches

Daily Mail 5th December 2017

There was good news last week for people who suffer with severe migraine, with reports that the first new drug for the condition in 20 years, erenumab, halves the number of attacks and could be approved for use in the NHS within months. Peter Goadsby, a professor of neurology at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) said: "It is a dreadful thing. Some people have it for 20 to 25 years."

Electroconvulsive therapy is still being used today

Independent 4th December 2017

One of the most controversial treatments could be making a comeback in England, with the number of people seeking electroconvulsive therapy on the rise. At least a third of patients report significant memory loss after ECT, according to a 2003 study led by Professor Diana Rose of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN).

All you need is love?

New Scientist 2nd December 2017

The first long-term studies are showing us what's really important in a child's development finds Jessa Gamble. Robert Plomin, a behavioural geneticist at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) said: "The genetic influence on individual differences in psychological traits is so widespread that we are unable to name an exception."

Superman’s tache and Armie Hammer’s crotch - is movie CGI getting out of hand?

Guardian 1st December 2017

Article on the use of CGI in films. Prof Patrick Leman from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) said: “What may be changing is what people are likely to be believing of. Take the recent photo of Osama bin Laden after his death. Many in the west will trust the accuracy of the image, but some conspiracy theorists elsewhere will regard it as fake. Same as the moon landing photos and numerous other examples such as the Zapruder film of Kennedy’s assassination. I think people may be more trusting of images from a source they believe is reliable (and corresponds to their general worldview), but less trusting of those that do not come from such a source.”

Now you see it ?

Guardian 1st December 2017

"Common wisdom suggests that society is less deferential than it was half a century ago when TV was a relatively new innovation for many households," says Professor Patrick Leman from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN).

Basquiat - 'hauntingly relevant to todays world'

Psychologist 1st December 2017

A review of the exhibition 'Basquiat: Boom for Real' by Dr Sally Marlow, who is Associate Editor for Culture at The Psychologist and Public Engagement Fellow at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN).

Nasty or nice?

Psychologist 1st December 2017

Elena Lemonaki and Patrick Leman consider overt and insidious forms of sexism. Patrick Leman is in the Department of Psychology, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN).

Treatment cuts migraine days by half

Telegraph 30th November 2017

A new study, from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) published in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), shows treatment with a drug called erenumab cut the number of days with migraine symptoms for 50 per cent of patients. Professor Peter Goadsby of the IoPPN, who led the third phase of the trial said: "It represents a real transition for migraine patients and is an incredibly important step forward for understanding and treatment.".
Also reported by Daily Mail, Daily Express, BBC News, Huffington post, New Scientist, Guardian, BBC Radio and Sky News.

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry engaged. Women and Addiction.

BBC Radio 4 28th November 2017

A think tank has said we really need to look at new ways to reduce drugs related deaths in the UK which are at record levels. Discussion with Dr Sally Marlow of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN). She said: "To get into treatment, you are more likely to live. A lot of treatment is based on research on what works for men. But what works for men, may not work for women." starts at 10:22

Home Office systematically ignores medical advice to keep mentally ill immigrants in detention

Independent 26th November 2017

Hundreds of immigrants with mental health conditions being held in detention centres against advice of medical practitioners and in breach of Government policy. A study by King's College London earlier this year shows that the most prevalent screened mental disorder was depression, at 52 per cent, followed by personality disorder at 35 per cent and post-traumatic stress disorder at 21 per cent. Twenty-two per cent were at moderate to high suicidal risk.

Society did right by James Bulger’s killers

Guardian 25th November 2017

Article discussing rehabilitation for child criminals, mentioning a study conducted at King's College London in 2009, and led by Prof Declan Murphy (Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, IoPPN) that considered nine diagnosed psychopaths found that their brain images showed significant deficit in the uncinate fasciculus.

Avatar therapy 'reduces power of schizophrenia voices'

BBC News 24th November 2017

An experimental therapy which involves a face-to-face discussion between a person with schizophrenia and an avatar representing their auditory hallucination may help reduce symptoms, when provided alongside usual treatment, according to a study led by the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) and published in The Lancet Psychiatry journal. Prof Tom Craig of the IoPPN said: "A large proportion of people with schizophrenia continue to experience distressing voices despite lengthy treatment, so it is important that we look at newer, effective and shorter forms of therapy."
Also reported in Reuters, CNN, South China Morning Post, VOA News, BMJ, Lancet, Hindustan Times, BBC World, Deccan Chronicle, Indian Express, Yahoo.

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The Swiss cannabis farm aiming to supply 'legal weed' across Europe

Guardian 24th November 2017

Amir Englund and other researchers at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) have begun an experimental study to find the optimal ratio between THC and CBD. He said: Most of the cannabis sold on the UK black market [has] high THC and low or absent CBD levels. Several lines of research have pointed towards this type of cannabis being riskier. Recent UK figures have found that overall cannabis use has been declining while number of people seeking treatment for cannabis use problems or psychiatric admission have been rising. One of the main candidate explanations has been the growing dominance of this high THC-potency cannabis. Some studies have found that CBD on its own can be antipsychotic.”

Gin drinkers more likely to be sexy and aggressive, finds study

Independent 22nd November 2017

Drinkers may want to consider what alcoholic beverage to go for, as it may affect their mood according to research. Includes the results of research carried out by Public Health Wales and King's College London.

Healthy body, healthy mind: a new approach for mental disorders - Science Weekly podcast

Guardian 22nd November 2017

What role might the immune system play in mental illness? And how might this challenge long-held beliefs about the divide between body and brain? Includes a mention of Professor Oliver Howes, a psychiatrist and researcher at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) and the Medical Research Council's London Institute of Medical Sciences.

60 seconds on...

Daily Mirror 10th November 2017

Dr Tom Kaier, Cardiovascular, comments on a new blood test for heart attacks.

Four legs good, four wheels better: The sharing economy, African style

The Economist 10th November 2017

Article outlines the growing mobile app industry across Africa, referencing 'Moovr', an Uber for cows which was founded by a group of students at King’s.

Laser microscope reveals stunning 3D images of the brain in unprecedented detail

Huffington Post 10th November 2017

A revolutionary new laser-enabled microscope has been able to capture the intricacies of the brain. Dr Deepak Srivastava, Basic and Clinical Neuroscience, comments.

Trump Korea

BBC Radio 5 Live 9th November 2017

President Trump is expected to raise how China can reign in North Korea's nuclear aims. Professor Kerry Brown, China Institute, is interviewed. Professor Brown also commented in The South China Morning Post on relations between the United States and China.

Osama bin Laden's son calls for terrorists to avenge his father's death

Independent 9th November 2017

Osama bin Laden’s son has called for jihadis to avenge his father’s death. Dr Jean-Marc Rickli, Defence Studies, comments.

Is Islamic State losing control of its ‘virtual caliphate’?

BBC News 9th November 2017

Charlie Winter, War Studies, wrote on ISIS propaganda for BBC News.

Skin therapy

BBC Radio 4 9th November 2017

Researchers in Italy and Germany have saved the life of a boy with a life threatening skin disease, using a combination of stem cell and gene therapy. Professor Fiona Watt, Genetics and Molecular Medicine, comments.

With online medical marijuana, it's buyer beware

Reuters 8th November 2017

People who buy medical marijuana online may not necessarily get exactly what they expect when their package arrives in the mail, new research suggests. Results suggest that patients should proceed with caution when shopping for medical marijuana products online, said Wayne Hall of the National Addiction Center at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) and the Center for Youth Substance Abuse Research at the University of Queensland.

Gadget can provide breath of fresh air for cars in heavy traffic

i 8th November 2017

A piece focusing on a new device that can remove traffic fumes from cars references King’s research.

News analysis: Urgent need for action on nursing workforce 'perfect storm'

Nursing Times 8th November 2017

A further fall in the number of nurses and midwives registered to work in the UK was revealed this month. Professor Anne Marie Rafferty, Adult Nursing, comments.

Sustainable HE funding: lessons from Down Under for an embattled English sector

Times Higher Education 8th November 2017

King's President and Principal, Professor Ed Byrne writes on increasing participation in higher education while also driving improvements in quality.

Westminster Scandal

BBC Radio 4 8th November 2017

The Westminster sex scandal has shone a light on yet more public figures behaving badly. Dr Clare Carlisle, Theology and Religious Studies, comments.

With online medical marijuana, it's buyer beware

Reuters 8th November 2017

Professor Wayne Hall, Addictions, comments on the pitfalls of buying medical marijuana online.

Facebook

Aljazeera English (News Hour) 8th November 2017

Facebook is attempting to tackle the problem of revenge porn by asking people to send them their nude pictures. Dr Nishanth Sastry, Informatics, discusses.

Could sugary diets fuel Alzheimer's disease?

Daily Mail 7th November 2017

A build-up of too much sugar in parts of the brain has been linked to Alzheimer's by research from King’s and the University of Bath.

Why cryptocurrencies could push the dollar from World Reserve currency status

Forbes 7th November 2017

Oscar Jonsson, War Studies, comments on the impact that cryptocurrencies could have on their mainstream counterparts.

European Union

The Times 6th November 2017

Professor Jonathan Portes, Political Economy, has spoken frequently on Brexit in the media, commenting in the Times, Daily Mail, Sun and NBC News. The Financial Times referenced the new King’s Business School in a piece focusing on a talent shortfall post-Brexit and Professor Vernon Bogdanor, Political Economy, commented on the potential for a Brexit reversal.

A year on, Trump tests limit of UK 'special relationship'

Daily Mail 6th November 2017

Dr Russell Foster, European and International Studies, on the relationship between the UK and US.

Higher education stories

Government backs calls for research data to be made freely available

The Guardian 10th April 2012

The Government has welcomed calls from academics and one of the world's biggest research charities for the results of research to be made available as widely as possible in the public domain.

University A-level plan challenged

BBC News 3rd April 2012

Government plans to let some universities decide the content of A-level courses have been met with a mixed reaction from academics and teachers.

Budget: 100m university research pledge for UK

BBC News 21st March 2012

The Government has announced a 100m fund to boost university research in the UK through private sector involvement.

Students' day of action over university changes

BBC News 14th March 2012

Students at universities across the country, including Kings, took part in a national day of action to protest against changes to higher education. The demonstrations were covered by The Guardian, Daily Express and the Press Association.

Further education colleges awarded 10,000 degree student places

The Guardian 7th March 2012

More than 10,000 undergraduate student places have been awarded to further education colleges.

Universities warn on overseas students income loss

BBC News 1st March 2012

Universities UK has warned that tightening student visa rules is undermining the drive to raise income from overseas students.

No 10 scraps plan to penalise early student loan repayments

The Guardian 16th February 2012

The Government has scrapped plans to impose penalties on students who pay university loans back early.

Vince Cable in row on choice of university access tsar

The Guardian 9th February 2012

Business Secretary Vince Cable is resisting attempts by Conservative MPs to block his choice of Les Ebdon as the new head of the Office of Fair Access (Offa).

More women became UK professors, Hesa figures show

BBC News 19th January 2012

There was a 4 per cent rise in the number of female professors at UK universities last year, according to new figures from the Higher Education Statistics Agency, but they are still heavily outnumbered by men.

Is the number of first-class degrees cause for concern?

The Guardian 12th January 2012

Figures from the Higher Education Statistics Agency show that the proportion of undergraduates receiving first-class degrees has risen to 15.5% in 2010-2011 from 12.6% in 2006-2007.

Wonga stops targeting loans at students after protests

BBC News 11th January 2012

Payday loan company Wonga has removed pages from its website after protests branding it irresponsible for targeting students.

Privately-funded science university plan

BBC News 4th January 2012

The government has announced plans for a privately-funded science and technology graduate university.

Higher education policy: what should we expect in 2012?

The Guardian 19th December 2011

A summary of the debates and issues surrounding higher education policy over the past year, and a look towards 2012.

University tuition fees: last-minute changes approved

BBC News 2nd December 2011

25 universities have revised their tuition fee packages, and had them approved by the Office for Fair Access.

Student tuition fees protest passes off peacefully

The Guardian 9th November 2011

A protest in London against university fee increases passed off peacefully.

August babies are less likely to go on to top universities, says study

The Guardian 1st November 2011

Research by the Institute of Fiscal Studies has found that children born in August are less likely to attend top universities.

University applications for 2012 down 9%

BBC News 24th October 2011

University applications for 2012 are running at 9% lower than the same point last year, says the Ucas admissions service.

Tuition fees at up to 28 universities could be lowered

BBC News 20th October 2011

As many as 28 universities are considering lowering the fees they will charge next year.

Number of top A-Level grades could be limited

BBC News 14th October 2011

The number of pupils being given the top A* grade at A-Level could be limited in the future.

University leaders' social mobility warning

BBC News 21st September 2011

Universities UK has warned that a drive for a market in Higher Education could damage social mobility.

Earlier A-level exams proposed in university applications shakeup

The Guardian 16th September 2011

UCAS has privately proposed that from 2016 pupils should apply to university only after they have received their A-level grades.

Universities consider cutting fees

The Guardian 8th September 2011

At least 12 universities are said to be reconsidering their decision to charge 9,000 fees, according to the Office for Fair Access.

Increase in unemployed graduates, survey suggests

BBC News 2nd September 2011

A survey has suggested that 28% of 2007 UK graduates were not in full-time employment three years later.

A-level results: top universities anxious about state pupils' choice of subjects

The Guardian 18th August 2011

A-level results have shown a growth in popularity of maths and science, with some universities warning that not enough state school pupils are taking these subjects.

Student debt nears 60,000 for 2012 university freshers, survey predicts

The Guardian 12th August 2011

A survey has shown that students beginning their courses in 2012 could have a debt of nearly 60,000 once they graduate.

Offer university scholarships via every school in England, says Simon Hughes

The Guardian 21st July 2011

Liberal Democrat Deputy Leader Simon Hughes has called for scholarships to university to be offered to 15-year-olds from low-income households.

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