2013 was a year which saw a lot of important developments in Psychiatry. The arrival of DSM-5 was accompanied by a rich debate about the nature of diagnosis and a reflection on the revisions in the new manual. In the UK there was strong political support for improving services and quality of life for people with Dementia and their carers. For me one of the most remarkable findings was a study which found a 29 fold increase in urinary tract infections in people with Schizophrenia who had relapsed compared to a control group. Although this finding would benefit from replication it leads onto other interesting questions. There were other significant developments in genetics which we are going to see increasingly. Many mental illnesses now have a large number of gene associations although some of the effect sizes are small.
Researchers in this study looked at the outcome in…
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