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nostalgic after all…

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“He who knows syphilis knows medicine” Sir William Osler, the Father of Modern Medicine Some years back, I saw a play, Miss Evers’ Boys, about the Tuskegee syphilis study. In 1932. 600 black men were recruited into a Public Healtrh Service study that went on for forty years. In return for participating, they were given […]

needs looking into…

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Emil Kraepelin           Alois Alzheimer          Auguste Deter In 1907, Alois Alzheimer working in the lab of Emil Kraepelin, presented the brain findings on his patient, Auguste Deter, a woman who had died after developing dementia at age 51. Besides general brain shrinkage, there were characteristic microscopic findings: plagues in the extracellular spaces and neurons with neuro·fibrillary tangles in […]

one of the predators…

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At NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, Its Ex-C.E.O. Finds Lucrative Work New York Times By ANEMONA HARTOCOLLIS July 15, 2014 [full article available online] For Hospital CEOs, Retirement May Mean Never Having to Lose Your Paycheck Healthcare Renewal by Roy Poses July 17, 2014 [full article available online] Dr Herbert Pardes was once one of the best paid […]

our own eyes…

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In the first post about the Lu et al study, I mentioned the CDC 1979-2007 suicide data [see a madness to our method…]. But in its origin…, my post had a broken link to the CDC YRBS [Youth Risk Behavior Study] in the Rapid Response by Barber et al. That was an unfortunate omission as […]

retire the side…

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I will admit that it’s hard for me to write about this particular recurrent topic without sarcasm [I'll give it a shot, but will likely fail]. The topic is an NIMH Study called EMBARC [Establishing Moderators and Biosignatures of Antidepressant Response for Clinical Care for Depression] being conducted by Madhukar Trivedi [NIMH Project Number: 1U01MH092221-01] […]

on its extended sabbatical…

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I woke up Thursday morning to an email alerting me to the fact that my blog had disappeared. I tried it and saw: Was it something I said? The nice technician in Utah [who knew it was in Utah?] said not-to-worry. It had been moved to a new server [?] and the domain pointer hadn’t […]

ta dah!

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its origin…

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Re: Changes in antidepressant use by young people and suicidal behavior after FDA warnings and media coverage: quasi-experimental study by Catherine W Barber, Matthew Miller, and Deborah Azrael British Medical Journal 2014 348:g359. In the spirit of Lu et al’s [1] warning not to sound alarms about antidepressant use prematurely, we used readily available national […]

where I came in…

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I work in a fairly unusual charity clinic, one that only has one paid employee – a Director. The place is teeming with volunteers, most of us with grey [or little] hair – many living in retirement communities nearby. The doctors who started the clinic had an amazing vision, so we have a pharmacy stocked […]

the manual…

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Back in early May, I was looking into the NIMH ARA funded RAISE study [Recovery After an Initial Schizophrenia Episode], an as yet incompleted program being used as a template for a Congressionally mandated SAMHSA block grant allocation of funds to treat these patients: a fabrication?… where’s the beef?… out of the loop… its effectiveness… […]