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Archives for February, 2007

Friday Nebula Blogging

This is the Rosette Nebula, as featured on Astronomy Picture of the Day.  Credit & Copyright: Robert Gendler.  Click on the image for the full size version. It is in constellation Monoceros, which means Unicorn; just to the left of Orion.  According to Wikipedia, it is a “modern” constellation, having been named in 1613, or…

Selection of Antidepressants, Pt. 3

It occurs to me that in order to go any farther explaining how to choose an antidepressant, I should take a moment to explain the concept of an adequate trial.  Earlier, I mentioned that the patient’s history of response to previous antidepressant trials is one of the most important factors to consider.  Having said that,…

Views of Tehran

Just so you will know what we’ll be blowing to bits, if it comes to that.  These are more-or-less random photos from Flickr, tagged “Tehran.” And don’t miss Hotspot Tehran, and the Peace Train flash animation.

Selection of Antidepressants, pt. 2

(Part One is here) Now we get to the heart of the matter: how does one decide what antidepressant to prescribe?  First, let’s take a look at the factors that are considered relevant to the choice.  If you understand what factors are relevant, and why they are relevant, then you will start to see how…

Easter Egg in February

If this makes no sense to you, never mind.

Many ScienceBloggers, and some science bloggers, are writing posts about basic concepts.  I thought that was a good idea, but could not think of one that would be interesting and that I felt like writing about and that I was particularly well-suited to write. Psychiatry is not a basic science.  It is a medical practice…

Adverse Effects and Psychotherapy

This is a nice little study that deserve a brief comment.  It’s from Am J Psychiatry this month.  What is shows is that participation in psychotherapy can alter the rate of reported adverse effects from medication, and decrease the rate at which patients stop their medication because of adverse effects. Note that this study was…

This is a bizarre headline: Pentagon Says Pre-War Intel Not Illegal.  I found this item on Google News, and it is one of many headlines on the subject: Pentagon office produced `alternative’ intelligence on Iraq; Pentagon: Pre-War Intelligence Was Legit; and others.  But some are more to the point: Pentagon did “inappropriate” Iraq work, sources…

OK, I Can’t Stand It

I will chip in a few thoughts about the President’s proposed budget, just to make a point.  Based upon the following from DefenseTech.org, a pro-military site: …That’ll include “the first significant funding” — $3 billion — in the next generation of aircraft carrier,” the CVN-21. The Joint Strike Fighter fleet will grow from two in…

Live Blogging Superbowl pt. 14

Post-game comments.  I understand the game was broadcast in 232 countries, and cybercast in six languages.  Maybe it is more than just another game, if it draws that much attention.  No, I take it back.  Money always attracts attention.  That is why everyone pays attention to the USA in the first place.  It is not…