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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…

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…

Lawsuit Against Ca Science Center…

…for canceling the showing of a creationist film, Darwin’s Dilemma: The Mystery of the Cambrian Fossil Record.  The background is on Greg Laden’s Blog, Los Angeles Venue Cancels Intelligent Design Film: You’ll recall that it was recently reported that the California Science Center, which is loosely affiliated with the Smithsonian Institution, had planned a screening…

Let Them Eat Anti-Psychotics

I couldn’t resist that title, but I must admit it isn’t mine; the author’s post is here.  This is about the NYT article about the finding that children on Medicaid are more likely to be prescribed antipsychotic medication, compared to those with private insurance.  The obvious correlation is that children with Medicaid are from poor…

Critical Infrastructure and Jobs

I wrote about this before, a couple of times, most thoroughly here.  I was reminded of this topic when I saw that the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) have updated their Report Card on America’s Infrastructure.  In 2008, I compared the positions of the two Presidential candidates, regarding advocacy for infrastructure improvements.  Obama was…

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…

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.…

In 2007, the American Psychological Association commissioned their Task Force on Appropriate Therapeutic Responses to Sexual Orientation.  The background is this: early in the history of mental health treatment efforts, homosexuality was considered to be an illness.  Therefore, it was thought to be appropriate for therapists to try to change the sexual orientation of persons…

Just goes to show how lobbying reform hasn’t gone anywhere near far enough: Bank Lobbyists Are Not Only Trying to Kill NEW Legislation, They Are Trying to Weaken EXISTING Regulations By George Washington of Washington’s Blog. Everyone knows that the lobbyists for the financial giants are trying to kill any tough new regulations. But they…

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. …