A Roundup of May Posts

Some “highlights” from the busy month of May, in case you missed them:

More Veterans Die at Home Than in Combat. What more needs to be said? But click on the link and check out the details.

A great little trend, in case you missed it, A Ban on Gifts for Medical Students (from drug and medical device makers).

Psychotropic Drugs and Withdrawal. After prolonged use, a patient goes off an antidepressant. She becomes very anxious and depressed. Is this “returning to baseline” — one reasonable hypothesis — or does it have to do with withdrawal from the medication? There’s no research on the long-term effects of these drugs.

The Loss of Sadness. There’s no blood test for depression. Day-to-day feelings may actually be a response to real-life problems…

Difficult Decision? Take the Default Position. Here’s a fascinating behavioral account (decisions are not logical they are psychological) of how people decide whether to donate their organs or not. It’s written by Dan Ariely who calls himself a “behavioral economist” and touts his ideas in his book Predictably Irrational. The post itself is here.

Bipolar: Overdiagnosed? An excerpt: “Clinicians are inclined to diagnose disorders that they feel more comfortable treating. We hypothesize that the increased availability of medications that have been approved for the treatment of bipolar disorder might be influencing clinicians who are unsure whether or not a patient has bipolar disorder or borderline personality disorder to err on the side of diagnosing the disorder that is medication responsive.”

A review of Charles Barber’s Comfortably Numb.

Neuromythology: The New Phrenology? A brief look at some of the unfounded connections and assumptions spawned by neuroscience commentators.


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