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May 17, 2010
via The Great Debate

What’s wrong with psychiatry? A conversation with Dr. Daniel Carlat

Children treated with powerful drugs for mental disorders that hardly any of them suffered from just decades ago. Eminent psychiatrists investigated by Congress for earning hundreds of thousands of dollars from drug companies without disclosing the income to their patients or the IRS.

For a field trying to help patients work through conflicts, psychiatry is in a “struggle to understand itself,” says Dr. Daniel Carlat, author of Unhinged: The Trouble With Psychiatry – A Doctor’s Revelations About a Profession in Crisis, released this week.

May 12, 2010
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A conversation with Maryn McKenna, author of Superbug: The Fatal Menace of MRSA

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Despite the many successes of antibiotics, researchers have known since the advent of penicillin in the 1940s that bacteria and humankind would always be locked in an arms race. Nowhere is this more clear today than in the story of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, the deadly drug-resistant strain of bacteria that causes infections such as blood poisoning and pneumonia.

MRSA is one of a group of drug resistant bacteria that are a major problems in hospitals around the world, and the subject of Maryn McKenna’s Superbug: The Fatal Menace of MRSA. McKenna is an award-winning science and medical writer and author of Beating Back the Devil: On the Front Lines with the Disease Detectives of the Epidemic Intelligence Service.

Dec 8, 2009

Vinyl’s comeback makes musicians want to sing

TORONTO (Reuters) – As music lovers approach a new decade in this still-young century, a recording technology once considered old and obsolete — vinyl — has been making a strong comeback.

Vinyl albums, which began to be replaced by CDs in the mid-1980s, have rebounded in recent years as enthusiasts young and old turned sentimental for the old pops, cracks and warm sounds emitting from grooves on a record.