Published: 22/04/2002, Volume II4, No. 5902 Page 8

A Royal College of Psychiatrists study has found that substantial numbers of young people with mental illness are being admitted to inappropriate hospital wards that do not meet their needs.

Researchers found that in a group of 54 patients under 18, over half were admitted to inappropriate wards because either there was no suitable facility available or the suitable facility was full.

www. rcpsych. ac. uk

The Health Protection Agency has published a baseline report on travel-associated illnesses after the first year of operation of its travel health surveillance section.The HPA is urging doctors to record travel histories from patients who contract infectious diseases following trips abroad.

www. hpa. org. uk

The General Medical Council has published a booklet for doctors on confidentiality, to be used alongside recently updated guidance from the Department of Health. Issues covered include sending information about a patient by fax or email, and what information can be disclosed after a patient's death.

www. gmc-uk. org

A Bristol University study has shown that while the older sector of the population in total accounts for a high proportion of acute healthcare resources, there was no statistical difference between the level of use of hospital services by age for those who die in hospital.

www. bristol. ac. uk

Having a close relationship with another person can halve the risk of further heart attacks according to research carried out by the department of psychiatry at Manchester Royal Infirmary.The study found that patients who had someone close in whom they could confide had half the risk of those without such a confidant.

www. man. ac. uk