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October 13, 2005

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Tenn. Man Gets Life for Killing Parents

AP Online; 10/11/2005; BILL POOVEY, Associated Press Writer

Dateline: CHATTANOOGA, Tenn.
A man who said he was heeding a call from God when he gunned down his parents and used a chain saw to cut up his mother's body pleaded guilty Monday to first-degree murder.

Philip Badowski, 23, entered the plea after a judge turned down his attorney's motion to suppress evidence in the December 2004 slayings. He was sentenced to life in prison without parole.

Badowski's attorney had argued unsuccessfully that the police search of the home in suburban Hixson was inadmissible, because officers had to break into the parents' bedroom to find the bodies.

A state psychiatric evaluation previously showed Badowski competent for trial, but public defender Mary Ann Green said after Monday's hearing that Badowski "is mentally ill."

Green said he is afflicted with "schizophrenia or a bipolar disorder or both."

An investigator previously testified that Badowski told officers who interviewed him that he killed his parents, Chester "Chet" Badowski Jr., 47, and Christine Badowski, 46, because "God told me to."

Badowski also previously said the killings were "spur of the moment" after his parents scolded him when they returned from a weeklong mission trip to Haiti, where they worked drilling wells.

"They were cussing and calling me bad names because I had some friends over while they were out of town," he said in the interview.

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Global Survey Released on the World Mental Health Day 2005 Emphasizes Treatment Needs in Bipolar Disorder.

PR Newswire Europe; 10/10/2005

Most people with bipolar disorder believe that successful treatment would significantly improve their quality of life and that treatment satisfaction is achieved by efficacy and tolerability, according to final results from the large scale Thinking Ahead survey(1). The survey conducted in eight countries revealed that bipolar disorder had a major negative impact on sufferers' lives and that of their family and friends. The final survey data were announced today to commemorate the 13th World Mental Health Day (WMHD) and to raise public awareness of the impact of this under-diagnosed condition.

Each year the WMHD is drawing attention to the often neglected issues of mental health. This year the campaign is dedicated to emphasize the link between mental and physical health across the life span. The Thinking Ahead global survey is highly relevant to illustrate this topic as bipolar disorder can be a serious condition that frequently begins in late adolescence or early adulthood and lasts the entire life.

The main findings of this survey among 737 people with bipolar disorder from Australia, Canada, Germany, Greece, Italy, Spain, the UK and the US show:

- Almost half (48%) of respondents feel that bipolar disorder had a highly negative impact on their lives. More people in Australia (65%) than UK (37%) and US (45%) felt this negative impact.

- Many respondents (35%) believe that the lives of their family and friends are also negatively impacted by their condition.

- The majority (80%) of all respondents say successful treatment would lead to significant improvement in their quality of life (increased functionality/improved lifestyle: achieving goals, maintaining a job, having relationships, living independently).

- The most important factors influencing satisfaction with treatment are efficacy (88%) and manageable side effects (77%).

- 72% of respondents believe the public does not understand their condition, possibly leading to the stigma associated with bipolar disorder.

"The public has to understand more about mental disorders such as bipolar disorder. People with bipolar disorder deserve the best possible treatment allowing them to enjoy life to the fullest," said Dr Jamie Mullen, MD, Senior Director Clinical Research, AstraZeneca.

It has been estimated that bipolar disorder affects between 0.3 percent and 3.7 percent of people(2-5). Up to half of the people with bipolar disorder may undertake at least one suicide attempt(6). Bipolar disorder is frequently treated with a combination of drugs, including antipsychotics such as SEROQUEL.

Dr Mullen added that the findings confirm the impact of bipolar disorder on quality of life and the importance to individuals of successful treatment.

"Patients are looking for stability in their lives and SEROQUEL offers an ideal balance between efficacy and tolerability in the treatment of acute mania associated with bipolar disorder," Dr Mullen said.

SEROQUEL offers a well-established efficacy profile balanced with good tolerability: it is the only first line atypical with an extrapyramidal symptom (EPS) profile, including akathisia, and prolactin levels no different from placebo across the dose range(7). SEROQUEL has been licensed for the treatment of schizophrenia since 1997 and is available in 85 countries for the treatment of this condition. SEROQUEL is also licensed in 73 countries for the treatment of mania associated with bipolar disorder, including the US, Canada and several European countries.

To date, more than 13 million people have been treated with SEROQUEL worldwide. AstraZeneca as market leader aims to provide the best possible care to people with bipolar disorder.

References

1. The Thinking Ahead Survey

2 Hirschfeld RMA et al. J Clin Psychiatry. 2003;64:53-59.

3 Weissman MM et al. JAMA. 1996;276:293-299.

4 Regier DA et al. JAMA. 1990;264:2511-2518.

5 Kessler RC et al. Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1994;51:8-19.

6 Goodwin FK, Jamison KR. Biochemical and pharmacological studies. In: Manic-Depressive Illness. New York, NY: Oxford University Press; 1990:416-502.

7 Data on file, DA-SER-33.

Contact: Louise Marland, AstraZeneca, Tel: +44-(0)1625-510782, Mob: +44-(0)7900-607794, Email: louise.marland@astrazeneca.com. Maren Koban, Hill & Knowlton, Tel: +44-(0)20-7973-4497, Email: mkoban@hillandknowlton.com

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World Mental Health Day 2005 Examines the Close Link Between Mental and Physical Health Across the Life Span.

PR Newswire Europe; 10/10/2005

WASHINGTON D.C., October 10 /PRNewswire/ --

- Dr Benedetto Saraceno of WHO Will Keynote a Symposium to Mark 2005 WMHD in Washington D.C.

The 13th World Mental Health Day (WMHD) will be celebrated today in many countries and this year examines the close relationship between mental and physical health across all life stages. A healthy mind effects physical well-being at any age. However, mental health is often still considered second to and independent from physical health. The lack of appreciation for the importance of mental health is reflected in insufficient resources provided to address mental health issues.

Dr Jose Miguel Caldas de Almeida, MD, Chief of the Unit of Mental Health and Specialized Projects, Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) said that health is a complete state of well-being and there is no health without mental health.

"The burden of mental disorders is significant in medical, social, and economic terms and is much underestimated. Many age groups are neglected. These problems are global, affecting rich and poor countries alike," Dr Caldas said.

The 2005 campaign developed by the World Federation for Mental Health (WFMH) aims to increase public education and awareness about mental health issues across the lifespan and focuses on the following topics:

- A Healthy Start to Life (focusing on mental health issues of children up to 12 years of age)

- Growing Up Well: Paying Attention to Health During the Teen and Tween Years (including substance abuse, teenage moods, eating disorders)

- Physical and Mental Health in Adulthood (including different needs in men and women, effects of living longer)

- Role of Primary Care in Mental Health

- Special Projects such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, depression and bipolar disorder

According to the World Health Organization, at least one in ten people worldwide have suffered from clinically significant mental health problems during the past 12 months(1-3). In addition, many children, adults and elderly suffer in silence and may not be aware of their mental problems and how they impact and worsen every.phpect of their life. It is estimated that more than 30 to 50 percent of people with psychiatric disorders remain undetected and untreated, even in rich countries(4).

"Although effective treatments exist for many mental disorders, not enough resources are being made available to put these treatments into practice," Dr Caldas de Almeida said. "Significantly more effort is needed by all countries, rich and poor, to change policy, practice and service delivery systems to ensure mental health needs and concerns of people at all age groups receive the level of priority necessary. In many countries, mental health care constitutes less than 1% of the overall health budget."

The WFMH will mark the 13th World Mental Health Day with a symposium chaired by Dr Mirta Roses Periago, MD, Director of PAHO and Professor John Copeland, the WFMH President-elect. The keynote lecture will be presented by Dr Benedetto Saraceno, MD, Director of the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse of the World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland and prominent supporter of the WFMH. The symposium program includes presentations by Dr Maryland Pao, MD, National Institute of Mental Health, and Dr Thomas Wise, MD, INOVA Health Systems addressing .phpects of mental health during childhood and adolescence, and adulthood and ageing, respectively.

The symposium will be held on 11 October 4:00 to 5:30 EDT at the headquarters of PAHO in Washington, and will be followed by a reception. Earlier during the day WFMH will also be holding a briefing of medical communications directors and health media, and a lunch meeting involving CEOs from mental health organizations.

Activities to mark WMHD 2005 are also taking place in many countries across the world. The launch of the play When Time Collapses featuring the ordeals of an undiagnosed schizophrenia sufferer will take place in London, Great Britain.

References:

(1) Kessler RC et al. Arch Gen Psychiatry.2005;62:617-627.
(2) Regier DA et al. JAMA. 1990;264:2511-2518.
(3) WHO. JAMA. 2004;291:2581-90
(4) http://www.wfmh.org/wmhday/WMHD2004EnglishSection2.pdf (Oct 2005)

For more information regarding the WFMH international activities or the 13th WMHD visit www.wfmh.org or www.wmhd.net. Media interested in the communicators briefing on Tuesday morning 11th October should contact the WFMH office on +1-703-838-7543.

For more information or interviews please contact: Preston J. Garrison, World Federation for Mental Health, Mobile: +1-571-247-5491, Email: pgarrison@wfmh.com; Maren Koban, Hill & Knowlton, Phone: +44-(0)-20-7973-4497, Email: mkoban@hillandknowlton.com

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