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For research she’s doing about public attitudes on genetics and mental health, science writer Virginia Hughes is trying to get people to take a very short survey (I just took it; takes about 30 seconds) on that subject. Do mental health issues rise from genes, environment, or both? Would you get a child tested for…

From my wanderings. We’ll start with the happy stuff Salmon return to Paris! (photo: Charles Bremner, deep in Paris) Mind Hacks tours some really old brains. Zuska speaks wisely of health care reform. The Guardian serves up some glass viruses (smallpox is pictured above). Neuroskeptic covers a paper that is both encouraging, in its finding…

On the radar of late: Neuroskeptic ponders reports that antidepressant use in the U.S. has doubled in the last decade. As he notes, perhaps the most troubling thing finding in the study is that the number of Americans using an antipsychotic as well as an antidepressant increased by a factor of more than 3. This…

If nothing else, this points out the need to clarify what “past 5 years” means in declaring history of possible conflicts of interest. 5 years before publication — or research and writing? Presumably there’s a difference, if we’re specifyng a time frame anyway

I just finished reading Erica Goode’s Times story on the suicides of four soldiers who served together in a small North Carolina-based Guard unit in Iraq from 2006 to spring 2007. This is a witheringly painful story. Goode, who has done quite a bit of science writing as well as substantial reporting from Baghdad, tells…

Ed Yong, echoed by Mike the Mad biologist PhysioProf asks what the heck investigative science journalism would look like. I hope to write more extensively on this soon. In the meantime, a few observations: To ponder this question — and to do investigative reporting — I think it helps to have a sense of the…

Scientific American has a good story by Edmund S. Higgins suggesting that might be the case. As the story notes, the evidence for such a toll is still preliminary. But the story’s opening, which tells of a parent seemingly overeager to medicate a child who didn’t need it, gives an idea of why the question…

As prominent neuroscientist Jane Costello resigns in protest from the DSM-V committee, Danny Carlat says the process near meltdown: The Fifth Coming of DSM threatens to rend the fabric of American psychiatry. Let’s hope some cool heads in the APA’s leadership can find a way out of this mess. Stay tuned. The DSM isn’t just…

In case you missed them (or miss them, and want to read again …) The (Illusory) Rise and Fall of the “Depression Gene” DIY circumcision with nail clippers Go figure. Oliver Sacks meets Jon Stewart Wheels come off psychiatric manual; APA blames road conditions Alarming climate change chart of the day Swine flu count in…

I have suspected for some time now that the band oddly close process designed to produce the DSM-V — the diagnostic statistical manual that is psychiatry’s diagnostic guide and Bible — would create an explosion of some sort. But I didn’t think it would explode quite so soon. As Daniel Carlat outlines in a wonderful…