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Archives for July, 2008

Economy Almost Back To Normal

This chart shows that the economy is almost back to normal.  Just a little farther to go, then the mission will have been accomplished. What is odd about this, is that it excludes income from capital gains.  I suspect that the income disparity would be even greater, if capital gains were included.   The graph…

This is a nice little case report from the European Journal of Psychiatry.  The translation is a little rough, but the information is good. Neuroleptic malignant syndrome: Possible relationship between Neuroleptic Treatment And Smoking Cessation Mª José Martín Vázquez PhD MPsych*, Teresa Jimeno Beltrán MD** Eur. J. Psychiat. v.21 n.4  Zaragoza oct.-dic. 2007

What Sustainability Means

Sustainability is a modern-day buzzword.  It is used so much that it is at risk of suffering from a dilution of meaning.  But is still is an important concept. In August 2004, President Bush boasted that home ownership in the USA was at an all-time high (69.2 percent).  It was important for him to point…

“Sound Off” in Local Paper

It is impossible to know if this is serious, or satire.

New Premedical Curriculum?

Harvard Medical School recently completed a review of their required premedical curriculum, culminating with the development of recommended changes.  The outcome of this process is reported in an article in the recent issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.  It’s one of their open-access articles: Relevance and Rigor in Premedical Education Jules L. Dienstag,…

Many years ago, I was browsing thought the Borders bookstore, one of the earliers ones, on State Street in Ann Arbor, and encountered a book about psychotherapy.  It claimed to be a sort of encyclopedia of named styles of psychotherapy.  I can’t recall the number of them, but I think it was between 300 and…

46% Swingers

The Pew Research Center informs us that today’s number is 46%.  That is the percentage of independent voters who are undecided about their choice for President in the November election in the USA.  This is “much higher” than the same statistic four years ago.  It is likely that this group will swing the election. Of…

The House is considering legislation that would do two things: force oil companies to give up unused leases, and ban the export of oil from Alaska. It’s brilliant because it highlights the absurd fallacy: that opening up more land for drilling would lower gas prices.  The fact is, oil companies already have leases that they…

Dick Cheney as a Wee Laddie

This is a photo from a collection of images that were modified using GIMP – The GNU Image Manipulation Program.  There is a small collection of such photos at Tech Source From Bohol.  This particular image is at a less refined site, that Tech Source linked to. I made up the name. The original caption…

Group Therapy For RLS

Restless Legs Syndrome has been more in the public eye lately.  I understand this is because of aggressive direct-to-consumer advertising.  I’m not much of a consumer, so I haven’t seen the ads, but people tell me about them.   Whatever you think of DTC advertising, RLS is real, and it is a significant problem for…