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World Mental Health Day 2005 Focuses on Life Span
Several world leaders in the prevention and treatment of mental illnesses and behavioral disorders will take part in a symposium at the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) in Washington, D.C., October 11th, in observance of World Mental Health Day 2005. 
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Adherence to Long-Term Therapies: Evidence for Action
This report provides a critical review of what is known about adherence to long-term therapies.This is achieved by looking beyond individual diseases. By including communicable diseases such as tuberculosis and human immunodeficiency virus/acquired immunodeficiency syndrome; mental and neurological conditions such as depression and epilepsy; substance dependence (exemplified by smoking cessation); as well as hypertension, asthma and palliative care for cancer, a broad range of policy options emerges. 
The public health context of violence in Colombia
Among the countries of the Americas, Colombia has the highest level of deaths due to homicides and armed conflict. The objective of this research was to combine and contrast information from various sources on deaths due to violence in Colombia in order to identify major trends in violence in the country and to compare those trends with those in other nations of the Americas. (Rev Panam Salud Púbica 2004 16(4): 266-271) (You can purchase this article) 
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Peer and sibling substance use: predictors of substance use among adolescents in Mexico
Objective: To examine the extent to which peer drug use and sibling drug use predict alcohol abuse/dependence disorder status and the use of drugs other than alcohol among school-based youth in Mexico. (Rev Panam Salud Pública 2004 15(4):225-232) (You can purchase this article) 
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Injuries and Violence.
This chapter of the book "Building Better Health: A Handbook of Behavioral Change" deals with acute damaging events -motor vehicle crashes, falls, injuries from machinery, drawings, poisonings, gun shots, fires, smoke inhalation, lacerations, head trauma, suffocation, an other intentional or unintentional traumata. Mortality data due to injuries and violence is presented and how roadway safety education and prevention can reduce accidents. In the section devoted to intentional injuries, suicide and violence are presented. Risk factors for suicide are discussed. Pages 237-252 
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National neuroepidemiological study in Colombia (EPINEURO).
OBJECTIVE: To determine the prevalence of eight neurological problems-migraine, cerebrovascular disease, Parkinson's disease, peripheral neuropathy, disorders of neurological development, epilepsy, dementia, and sequelae of head trauma-in Colombia as a part of the National Neuroepidemiological Study (EPINEURO).  
Brain and Behavioral Disorders
This chapter examines the sources that influence the risk of brain and behavioral disorders and the eleven crossroads or circumstances--school, family and social context, peer groups, among others--in which risks of mental disorders can be managed. (Chapter in Building Better Health: A Handbook of Behavioral Change. © PAHO, 2003), pp143-177(35) (The full text article is available for purchase) 
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Adolescents exposed to physical violence in the community: a survey in Brazilian public schools
The objective of this article is to determine the proportion of adolescents who have been exposed to physical violence in the city of Porto Alegre, Brazil. (Rev Panam Salud Pública 2002 12(5):327-332)) 
Promoting Health in the Americas.
This chapter in the PAHO flagship publication examines health communities and healthy individuals; food and nutrition; prevention and control of tobacco, alcohol and other drug use; reproductive health; indigenous populations; the elderly; the disabled and handicapped; violence prevention and control; oral health; and mental health. Pages 165-213 (Health in the Americas v.I - 2002 Edition. © PAHO) (You can purchase this chapter) 
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Protection of Mental Health in Disasters and Emergency Situations
The objective of this publication is to offer practical planning guidelines to act in the immediate aftermath of an emergency, and it does not include treatment of psychosocial problems that arise in the medium- and long-term. It is directed toward community efforts and promotes coordination between the multiple agencies that work in the mental health field, frequently with different points of view. In Spanish only. 
The prescribing of psychotropic drugs in mental health services in Trinidad
The objective of this article is to describe, analyze, and interpret patterns of psychotropic drug prescribing in new psychiatric patients attending psychiatric outpatient clinics in the Caribbean island of Trinidad. (Rev Panam Salud Pública 2002 12(3):207-214)) 
Design and implementation of an epidemiological surveillance system for mental health.
Objective. To design and test a surveillance system to detect and rank the most significant mental health problems in a community and to establish their association with the living conditions in that community. (Rev Panam Salud Pública, 2002 11(2):83-92) 
Alzheimer's disease in the year 2000
This document summarizes a report on the current state of knowledge of the etiology, diagnosis, and treatment of Alzheimer's disease and on the primary research activities carried out in these areas during the year 2000 under the auspices of the National Institute of Aging and other units of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) of the United States of America. (Rev Panam Salud Pública 2001 10(4):268-276) 
Insights Into The Concept Of Stress
The repeated exposure of emergency response personnel to disaster situations have a potentially deleterious effect on their psychological well-being, what can greatly affect the overall outcome of such situations, including the prognosis of the primary victims of the event. This workbook and its companion, Stress Management in Disasters, were designed to provide the basic training material for persons who will be providing such a service. (Manual, 2001) 
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Mental Health Services in Disasters: Instructor's Guide
Mental Health Services in Disasters: Instructor's Guide, is composed of a noteworthy summary of the most updated knowledge in this field, in a world in which the effects from natural disasters are increasingly more dramatic - be they hurricanes, earthquakes, volcanoes, or floods, etc. Crucial aspects in the management of different disaster victims are emphasized, with special attention to those most vulnerable: children, the aged, HIV patients, individuals with substance abuse problems and their interaction with other victims. (© PAHO, 2000) 
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Behavioral Disorders
Reviews the consumption of alcohol, tobacco, and other psychoactive substances in the Americas and provides a general analysis of the problem, review of indicators, mental and psychological disorders, current care needs, future care needs, mental health care and services. (Chapter in "Health in the Americas," 1998, pp 184-192)  
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Nations for Mental Health.
The World Health Organization has established a special program to promote mental health in underserved populations. Designated "Nations for Mental Health," this new program seeks to improve mental health and psychosocial well-being worldwide, with emphasis on populations whose access to mental health services has been limited. (Rev Panam Salud Pública 1997, 1(3): 253-254)  
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