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Archives for November, 2009

While we have a cold, dreary rain here: a photo of brighter, hotter times: This is from September 2007.  It is a desert spiny lizard (Sceloporus magister) on a desert willow (Chilopsis linearis) with some desert marigolds (Baileya multiradiata) in the background.  The local weather station report indicates that it was 84.2 degrees Fahrenheit (29…

Where Does All the Sulfur Go?

Environmental regulations have greatly reduced the amount of sulfur in gasoline.  This has created many benefits.  But did you ever wonder what happens to all that sulfur?  Perhaps not, if it was never clear to you why you should care. The reason you should care is this:  Sulfur is present in coal and in most…

The USA still leads the world int he number of scientific papers published per year.  Germany and Japan were essentially tied for second, for years.  According to a recent report by Thomspon-Reuters ISI, there is a new player at the table: The report is available at Thomson Reuters, free registration required.  Note that this says…

Undercurrent?

Is there some kind of especially violent undercurrent right now, in the right-wing river of hate? Ed Brayton just posted about a billboard put up by the GOP, specifically the Lafayette County (Missouri) Republicans: The sign (bigger view in new window) reads: A Citizens Guide to Revolution of a corrupt government. 1. Starve the Beast.…

Texas Bans ALL Marriages

Reasonable persons still wonder why some others insist that permitting gay marriage will threaten heterosexual marriage.  Now we find out: it happens as an unintended consequence.  Take Texas (please): Texas’ gay marriage ban may have banned all marriages By Dave Montgomery Fort Worth Star-Telegram Posted on Wednesday, 11.18.09

Oxymoronic Prayer

A meme making the rounds in some circles is this: Prayer for Obama, Psalm 109:8.   This is what is known as an imprecatory prayer, that is, a prayer that expresses ill will toward another.  This particular bit of verse is one of the less appealing and less inspirational found in the Christian Bible: Hold not…

Telephone Psychotherapy Effective

The title of this article is a little bit misleading, although not deliberately so.  The study examined the question of whether telephonic CBT – added to pharmacotherapy – was beneficial, in a primary care population.  Note that the primary care population is NOT the population that psychiatrists typically see.  Consequently, it is not possible to…

Good News for Coffee Drinkers

Actually, this is only good news for coffee drinkers who also have late-stage hepatitis C.  A recent study in Hepatology showed a possible benefit to coffee consumption in patients with hepatitis C, First I will show the treatment of the study as shown in the popular press, then the actual journal article.   Coffee Could…

The article I am discussing in this post is the 2008 Heinz Lehmann Award paper, published in the open-access Canadian journal, Journal of Psychiatry & Neuroscience.  It really covers two topics: translational research, and antipsychotic polypharmacy in which one of the antipsychotic medications is clozapine.  Translational research is research that is intended to advance the…

This Is Depressing

The standard wisdom in management of Major Depression, is that medication plus psychotherapy is better that either treatment alone.  Many studies have shown this.  But this one does not. Cognitive Behavioral Analysis System of Psychotherapy and Brief Supportive Psychotherapy for Augmentation of Antidepressant Nonresponse in Chronic Depression The REVAMP Trial James H. Kocsis, MD; Alan…