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Archives for October, 2009

General Fatigue of the Insane?

This is about chronic fatigue syndrome and the association with XMRV.  I apologize in advance for the provocative title, and the subsequent gratuitous references to the Nobel Prize, but there is a point to this. Take a look at this summary of the “old-fashioned disease”: During the nineteenth century general paresis of the insane emerged…

The topic of neural enhancement has created controversy.  This came to wide attention in late 2007, upon the publication of various articles in Nature, as noted by  Shelley Batts, Janet Stemwedel, David Dobbs, Daniel MacArthur, Scicurious and others.  But so far as I know, no esteemed medical organization has taken a position on the subject. …

This is from an open-access article in the Canadian Journal of Psychiatry: an article featuring a debate about the relevance of randomized, controlled trials to clinical practice.  It is mostly about research on psychotherapy, but with some treatment of psychopharmacology. Are Randomized Controlled Trials Relevant to Clinical Practice? Can J Psychiatry. 2009;54(9):637-643. Steven D Hollon,…

Air Pollution and Appendicitis

This is an odd one.  A study of 5191 adults showed an association between air pollution and attacks of acute appendicitis. Effect of ambient air pollution on the incidence of appendicitis CMAJ 10.1503/cmaj.082068 Published online ahead of print October 5, 2009 Abstract Background: The pathogenesis of appendicitis is unclear. We evaluated whether exposure to air…

This is a bad sign. Specifically, it is an instance of the mainstream media starting to hint at the truth. I take this as a sign that things are getting worse, as the effort to keep up the pretense is no longer even remotely credible. What this article shows, is that the economic models are…