Category Archives: Harm

▶ Nadine Burke Harris: How childhood trauma affects health across a lifetime – YouTube

▶ Nadine Burke Harris: How childhood trauma affects health across a lifetime – YouTube.

Childhood trauma isn’t something you just get over as you grow up. Pediatrician Nadine Burke Harris explains that the repeated stress of abuse, neglect and parents struggling with mental health or substance abuse issues has real, tangible effects on the development of the brain. This unfolds across a lifetime, to the point where those who’ve experienced high levels of trauma are at triple the risk for heart disease and lung cancer. An impassioned plea for pediatric medicine to confront the prevention and treatment of trauma, head-on.

Study finds some schizophrenics do well without long-term antipsychotics – Chicago Tribune

“Patients who go off antipsychotics may drop off the radar of medical professionals, who mostly focus on the sickest patients, researchers say. And, in an era of intense stigma, patients who are off antipsychotics and functioning well are unlikely to discuss their experiences openly.”

” by the fifth year of the study, the schizophrenia patients who were off antipsychotics for extended periods actually were doing better than the patients who were on antipsychotics — perhaps because they had been less ill to begin with.”

The Effect of Police Body-Worn Cameras on Use of Force and Citizens’ Complaints Against the Police: A Randomized Controlled Trial – Online First – Springer

In Rialto, police use-of-force was 2.5 times higher before the cameras were introduced.

The Effect of Police Body-Worn Cameras on Use of Force and Citizens’ Complaints Against the Police: A Randomized Controlled Trial – Online First – Springer.

“If one gram costs $1 in the black market, then we’ll sell the legal product for $1. If they drop the price to 75 cents, then we will to.

Ex President Mujica of Uraguay – an increase in drug-related murders prompted him to act against the dealers in 2013 by destroying their competitiveness in the biggest illegal market: marijuana, because this is the heart of the drug problem… Uruguay’s likely cannabis law could set tone for war on drugs in Latin America

Emotional health in childhood ‘is the key to future happiness’ | Society | The Guardian

Proving the good economics of supporting vulnerable kids (never mind the morality of this…)
http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/nov/08/happiness-childhood-emotional-health-richard-layard

Johnson & Johnson to Pay More Than $2.2 Billion to Resolve Criminal and Civil Investigations | OPA | Department of Justice

“to resolve criminal and civil liability” for “promotion for uses not approved as safe and effective… and payment of kickbacks to physicians and to the nation’s largest long-term care pharmacy provider.” This is the “largest health care fraud settlements in U.S. history, including criminal fines and forfeiture totaling $485 million and civil settlements with the federal government and states totaling $1.72 billion.”

Johnson & Johnson to Pay More Than $2.2 Billion to Resolve Criminal and Civil Investigations | OPA | Department of Justice.

NICE Guidelines for Bipolar Disorder- a Missed Opportunity | Mad In America

@JoannaMoncrieff, “…but NICE’s concept of bipolar disorder is likely to be stretched well beyond 1% of the population.”

“NICE defines manic and hypomanic episodes as lasting for a minimum of seven and four days respectively, but I have never seen anyone with classical bipolar disorder whose mania did not last for several weeks, and sometimes months”

NICE Guidelines for Bipolar Disorder- a Missed Opportunity | Mad In America.

Trauma-informed judges take gentler approach, administer problem-solving justice to stop cycle of ACEs « ACEs Too High

“It was like flipping a switch.

I suddenly had this trauma-informed lens, as we call it. I see it everywhere,” she says, giving an example of someone in front of her on child abuse charges for whom she might recommend counseling and/or anger management. “I have discovered the reality is that when I start asking a few questions, that parent or partner has experienced ACEs,” [the judge] says.

Trauma-informed judges take gentler approach, administer problem-solving justice to stop cycle of ACEs « ACEs Too High.

‘Fair trade’ cocaine and ‘conflict-free’ opium: the future of online drug marketing

‘Fair trade’ cocaine and ‘conflict-free’ opium: the future of online drug marketing.

For dealers, selling drugs online offers significant advantages over face-to-face retailing. They have immediate access to a huge and steadily growing international customer base. They are also able to sell drugs without physically interacting with customers, thereby decreasing the risk of arrest by undercover police.

Perhaps most importantly, the anonymity and geographical separation of online drug trading eliminates the possibility of violence at the hands of rival dealers

Childhood maltreatment associated with cerebral grey matter abnormalities: Abuse could lead to permanent brain damage — ScienceDaily

Is this where social policy, social and criminal justice,  and neuro-psychiatry finally meet? And importantly, who is to blame for this continued abuse?

Childhood maltreatment associated with cerebral grey matter abnormalities: Abuse could lead to permanent brain damage — ScienceDaily.