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Recent research: articles from November journals

I read a lot of research. When I find an article of particular interest I download it to my bibliographic database - EndNote - which currently contains over 18,800 abstracts.

Every few weeks I scan through all the articles I've found interesting in the previous month (in the general areas of stress, health & wellbeing) and then filter them into four narrower, more specific mailings. One is primarily for cognitive-behavioural therapists linked with the British Association for Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) and other CBT organizations around the world. This set of abstracts focuses particularly on cognitive therapy in its many applications (anxiety, depression, psychotic disorders, etc). Click on BABCP mailing to see the 30 abstracts (mostly from October) that I have listed.

A second, and more recent development, is for people who have expressed an interest in keeping up to date with research relevant to compassion - see the post "Proposal for a BABCP special interest group on compassion" - this month though there are 10 abstracts in the Compassion mailing.

A third mailing is to various people involved with Action on Depression Scotland (AOD). AOD is the only charity specifically working for people with depression who live in Scotland. I've been on their Clinical Advisory Board for some years. These abstracts focus more on depression and many are about antidepressant medication as well as others which overlap with the BABCP mailing on psychotherapy. Click on AOD mailing to see the 22 abstracts recently sent out.

The fourth mailing is to the editor of the British Holistic Medical Association (BHMA) newsletter. Back in the early 1980's I was on the working party that set up the BHMA. I'm not much involved with them now - partly because many of their original objectives have been achieved and are now mainstream. This month's BHMA mailing contains 48 abstracts covering a multitude of stress, health & wellbeing related subjects including links between adolescent fitness & strength and future depression, suicide & overall mortality, friendship & the internet, multivitamins & prevention of cancer & cardiac disease, the safety of taking antidepressants in pregnancy, leadership & lower stress levels, evidence against the low-sugar theory of depleted willpower, tea & cancer prevention, and much more.

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