Can a Single Brain Scan Accurately Diagnose Alzheimer’s?

A machine learning algorithm can determine whether an individual has Alzheimer’s disease (AD) based on a single MRI scan with 98% accuracy, new research suggests. “Currently, no other simple and widely available methods can predict Alzheimer’s disease with this level of accuracy, so our research is an important step forward,” Eric Aboagye, PhD, Imperial College … Read more

Advance Directives for Psych Care Reduce Compulsory Admissions

Providing peer or community health workers to help psychiatric patients with complete psychiatric advance directives (PAD) to govern care in advance of a mental health crisis is associated with a significant reduction in compulsory hospital admissions, new research shows. Results of a randomized trial showed the peer worker PAD group had a 42% reduction in … Read more

How Can Teleworkers Stay Mentally and Physically Healthy?

MADRID — The COVID pandemic has had countless consequences. One of the most significant can be seen in any number of companies: the introduction of the telework model into work routines. There has been such a clear push toward this way of working that it’s quite likely that employees will regularly carry out their tasks … Read more

Psychiatric Drugs Do Not Improve Disease or Reduce Mortality

According to psychiatrist Nassir Ghaemi, most psychiatric drugs are only effective at treating symptoms in the short term—like taking aspirin for pain—and don’t improve the long-term course of an illness or prevent hospitalization or mortality. “Most psychiatric drugs have not been proven, in properly designed randomized trials, to improve the course of any illnesses they … Read more

What Is Hatred? | Alice Miller

From Alice Miller: Child Abuse and Mistreatment: “We tend to associate the word ‘hatred’ with the notion of a dangerous curse we need to free ourselves of as quickly as we can. An opinion also frequently voiced is that hatred poisons our very being and makes it all but impossible to heal the injuries stemming … Read more

Cargo Cult Psychiatry – Mad In America

“Any sufficiently-advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.”—Arthur C. Clarke (science fiction author) The noted physicist Richard Feynman gave the commencement address at CalTech in 1974 with a speech providing guidance on how to avoid getting fooled: Cargo Cult Science: Some remarks on science, pseudoscience, and learning how to not fool yourself. Feynman described the experience … Read more

FDA Panel Rejects Pimavanserin for Alzheimer’s Psychosis

A US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory panel has rejected the atypical antipsychotic pimavanserin (Nuplazid, Acadia Pharmaceuticals) for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease psychosis (ADP). In a 9-3 vote, the Psychopharmacologic Drugs Advisory Committee (PDAC) found that the drug’s manufacturer failed to offer convincing evidence of its efficacy in patients with ADP. Today’s rejection … Read more

COVID-19 Pandemic Stress Affected Ovulation, Not Menstruation

Disturbances in ovulation that didn’t produce any actual changes in the menstrual cycle of women were extremely common during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic and were linked to emotional stress, according to the findings of an “experiment of nature” that allowed for comparison with women a decade earlier. Findings from two studies of … Read more

Psychedelic Therapy Will Not Save Us

It was tempting to imagine that therapists of the psychedelic movement were going to be cut from different cloth than that of my parents’ generation. They are not so fine after all. The cult of personality, and the pinchant for the victim blaming in the field, seems to be unkillable. I took part in an … Read more