The Corpus Callosum

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The January 2010 American Journal of Psychiatry has two articles pertaining to the relationship between dietary practices and mental health.  One article presents the results of a study; the other is an editorial. Association of Western and Traditional Diets With Depression and Anxiety in Women Jacka et al. Am J Psychiatry 2010; 167:305-311 (published online…

Evolution Messed Up?

James Gunn, the director for the movie Slither, seems to be enthralled by creepy crawly things.  He also has a blog-like website, on which he posted Evolution Fucked Your Shit Up: The World’s 50 Freakiest Animals. (HT: Interesting Pile.) The creature pictured above, by the way, is an ajolote.  The term ajolote can refer to…

Zen and the Art of Dracaena Growing

Sometimes I see sad-looking plants on clearance, buy them, and try to heal them.  This activity provides me with a gratification that is similar to that which comes from healing sad-looking people, but without the tribulations that occur if it does not work as well as we had hoped. I even have some of these…

Proposed Diagnostic Criteria Revisions

The American Psychiatric Association has gone public with the details of their proposed revisions to their Diagnostic and Statistical Manual.  As expected, most of this is bland and not worthy of attention from the general public.  Unfortunately, as Benedict Carey points out, the book often is used for purposes other than those for which it…

Objective diagnosis is in some ways the holy grail of medicine.  It has been maddeningly elusive in psychiatry.  Now comes a paper in which the authors suggest that they may have found this treasure. The paper details a method of using magnetoencephalography to assess human brain function.  They claim that, in a select population, it…

Google Chrome on Opensuse 11.2

I decided to try using Google Chrome as a web browser. The reason is that it is supposed to be faster, particularly for sites that make heavy use of Flash. It turns out that installing it is a hassle if you do it the obvious way, because Flash does not work without fiddling around. That…

I saw this headline on Google Fast Flip, and had to read it.  I’m always game for an anti-big-pharma story: even though I appreciate their efforts to relieve suffering, I do like to take notice of their shadier practices. Is Glaxo’s Charity Really Theft? Jan 20 2010, 5:30 pm by Daniel Indiviglio Is there a…

Susanne Sternthal, a writer based in Moscow, has published an article about the ecology of stray dogs.  The article is in Financial Times, of all places.  Why is that? Moscow’s stray dogs By Susanne Sternthal January 16 2010 00:04

I’ve been mulling this over for a few days, finally deciding to write about it.  There was an article in the NYT on 13 January 2010 about an NEJM article: Morphine May Help Traumatic Stress By BENEDICT CAREY Published: January 13, 2010

What Hath Geology Wrought?

The earthquake in Haiti is only the most recent in a series of catastrophes stretching back over two centuries.  It was not always like this.  Haiti, in fact, was once the most prosperous colony in the New World.  When it was a French colony, known as St. Domingue ( also called The Pearl of the…