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The ripples from the PLOS Medicine antidepressants-don’t-work study by Kirsch et alia, which I covered below, just keep spreading. Those who want to follow it can do well by visiting or bookmarking this search I did (an ingenious Google News search for “Kirsch SSRI”). It seems to be tracking the press coverage pretty well. Note…

The Kirsch study I wrote about a couple days ago, which found that antidepressants seem to have no more effect than placebo, has generated a wide variety of reactions in the blogosphere and press. Several things of note here: 1) In a pattern I’ve noticed repeatedly of late about other types of stories about things…

How Jazz Players Get into the Zone

A jazz player’s brain: Brain activation while improvising. Blue areas are deactivated comparable to normal, orange and read are ramped up. From PLOS One. An intriguing finding: While improvising, jazz players seem to turn OFF the part of the brain that (to quote a new study just published in PLOS One) “typically mediate self-monitoring and…

Fish can count!

The amazing counting mosquitofish. Image courtesy Wikipedia Eight years ago I published a book about a fight over how to count fish. Now it turns out that fish themselves can count. The account below comes from the BBC’s natural history site, loveearth.com — which is a well worth visiting anyway, full of visual and scientific…

[This is a revised, expanded version of the original heads-up I put up last night.] A large new meta-analysis of SSRI antidepressant trials concludes that the drugs have essentially no therapeutic effect at all. The study, in PLOS Medicine today, comes on the heels of another study published a few weeks ago (I blogged on…

I’ve not had time to thoroughly read this yet. But on the heels of another study published a few weeks ago (I blogged on it here) showing that SSRIs have little therapeutic effect if you include the (unflattering) clinical trials the industry had previously hidden, PLOS Medicine now publishes a larger study — a meta-analysis…

Now THIS is bringing the war home

Yesterday’s NY Times Magazine carried one of the best stories I’ve seen yet on our military efforts in Afghanistan and Iraq — “Battle Company is Out There,” a riveting and deeply informative piece by Elizabeth Rubin about the difficulties (to put it lightly) faced by a company of soldiers trying to win the war on…

Neuroimage of the day: Rat hippocampus neurons: From Dissociated culture of rat hippocampal neurons on Flickr – Photo Sharing!]

Clothes that produce power. Who ever thought? Fabric may make the first real power suit From Fabric may make the first real power suit : Nature News The fibres, covered with ‘hairs’ of zinc oxide, can be wired up for power.The fibres, covered with ‘hairs’ of zinc oxide, can be wired up for power.Z.L. Wang…

And this: Japan scientists make paper planes for space (Reuters) Reuters – A spacecraft made of folded paper zooming through the skies may sound far-fetched, but Japanese scientists plan to launch paper planes from the International Space Station to see if they make it back to Earth. I am sad that I can find no…