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The Redundancy Of Freud's Divide Between Psychiatry And Neurology

Science2.0 - 2 hours 45 min ago

Neurological and psychiatric conditions both involve the brain, but are treated very differently. Put simply, neurologists are trained to deal with the “brain” and psychiatrists to deal with the “mind”. Neurologists and psychiatrists formally parted company in the late 19th century.

Ever since the days of Sigmund Freud – who was originally a neurologist but is also the father of psychoanalysis – the way we think about brain disorders has been coloured by this artificial divide.

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The Redundancy Of Freud's Divide Between Psychiatry And Neurology

General - 2 hours 45 min ago

Neurological and psychiatric conditions both involve the brain, but are treated very differently. Put simply, neurologists are trained to deal with the “brain” and psychiatrists to deal with the “mind”. Neurologists and psychiatrists formally parted company in the late 19th century.

Ever since the days of Sigmund Freud – who was originally a neurologist but is also the father of psychoanalysis – the way we think about brain disorders has been coloured by this artificial divide.

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We Need To Reinvent Primary Care

Science2.0 - March 24, 2017 - 7:03pm
Politicians are arguing with each other about health care. One side is yelling that people have coverage, even if they can't afford to use it and twice as many people will lose than ever got it. Another side claims emergency room visits and pediatric care are a luxury.

What is clear is that something needs to be fixed. 

While advocates for the ACA will say that only 6 to 8 percent of US health care expenditures are primary care, critics argue that we already had the best in the world. What is clear to all is that payment models introduced under the Affordable Care Act raised expectations for patients and doctors, but any gains were modest.
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We Need To Reinvent Primary Care

General - March 24, 2017 - 7:03pm
Politicians are arguing with each other about health care. One side is yelling that people have coverage, even if they can't afford to use it and twice as many people will lose than ever got it. Another side claims emergency room visits and pediatric care are a luxury.

What is clear is that something needs to be fixed. 

While advocates for the ACA will say that only 6 to 8 percent of US health care expenditures are primary care, critics argue that we already had the best in the world. What is clear to all is that payment models introduced under the Affordable Care Act raised expectations for patients and doctors, but any gains were modest.
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What Dr. Ben Carson and a Baby Girl with 4 Legs, 2 Spines Have In Common

ACSH - March 24, 2017 - 12:00am

A ten month-old baby girl with two spines and four legs has a lot in common with the HUD Secretary, Dr. Ben Carson.

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Icelanders May Help Prevent Alzheimer's Disease

ACSH - March 24, 2017 - 12:00am

The key to preventing Alzheimer's Disease may lie in the north Atlantic island of Iceland. Its relatively homogeneous population has been a treasure trove for genetic researcher looking for mutated genes that increase or decrease the risk of Alzheimer's Disease.

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The Next Plague - Viruses: The Superstars Among Pathogenic Plague Microbes

ACSH - March 24, 2017 - 12:00am

Of all the nasty things floating around out there, just waiting around to kill us, viruses are the nastiest. You've all heard of smallpox, rabies, Spanish flu, polio, AIDS and Ebola but emerging viral infections are seriously scary. 

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The Next Plague Part 4- Viruses: The superstars among pathogenic plague microbes

ACSH - March 24, 2017 - 12:00am

Of all the nasty things floating around out there, just waiting around to kill us, viruses are the nastiest. You've all heard of smallpox, rabies, Spanish flu, polio, AIDS and Ebola. How about Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever, MERS CoV, Lassa fever, Nipah virus, Rift Valley fever, and Chikungunya? Emerging viral infections are seriously scary. 

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New York University Journalism Academics, Stop Libeling Scientists And Doctors

ACSH - March 24, 2017 - 12:00am

Here's the real scoop from someone who worked at the highest levels in the private sector, who started the Science 2.0 movement, and who now runs a pro-science consumer advocacy non-profit: Corporations do not give people money to do something they are already doing for free. 

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Mental Health Care Is An Essential Benefit - Except To Our Congress

ACSH - March 24, 2017 - 12:00am

Mental health affects almost twice as many Americans as diabetes. Why is Congress declaring the former is not an essential health benefit?

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Cystic Fibrosis And The Mechanism Of Mucus

Science2.0 - March 23, 2017 - 4:32pm
People with cystic fibrosis suffer repeated lung infections because their airway mucus is too thick and sticky to keep bacteria, viruses, and other pathogens from causing chronic infection. How mucus becomes abnormal in cystic fibrosis airways has never been fully understood, but a new study has determined that mucin proteins, which give mucus its gel-like properties, fail to unfold normally in cystic fibrosis airways, making airway mucus much more thick and sticky than it would be otherwise.

Cystic fibrosis is a rare genetic disease that affects about 70,000 people worldwide. It occurs when a person has two defective copies of the CFTR gene, which triggers the creation of the CFTR protein. When that protein is mutated, the result is cystic fibrosis.
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Cystic Fibrosis And The Mechanism Of Mucus

General - March 23, 2017 - 4:32pm
People with cystic fibrosis suffer repeated lung infections because their airway mucus is too thick and sticky to keep bacteria, viruses, and other pathogens from causing chronic infection. How mucus becomes abnormal in cystic fibrosis airways has never been fully understood, but a new study has determined that mucin proteins, which give mucus its gel-like properties, fail to unfold normally in cystic fibrosis airways, making airway mucus much more thick and sticky than it would be otherwise.

Cystic fibrosis is a rare genetic disease that affects about 70,000 people worldwide. It occurs when a person has two defective copies of the CFTR gene, which triggers the creation of the CFTR protein. When that protein is mutated, the result is cystic fibrosis.
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Which Is Worse: Postmodernism or Anti-Intellectualism?

ACSH - March 23, 2017 - 12:00am

Since nobody really knows what postmodernism is, it's becomes a nebulous concept that poses an existential threat to science and technology. How so? Because it's largely characterized by a rejection of objective truth. This is antithetical to scientific inquiry.

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How Cargill Ruined Its Reputation in a Single Tweet

ACSH - March 23, 2017 - 12:00am

Reputations are a funny thing. It takes years to build them but mere seconds to destroy them.

Cargill, a company that provides all manner of agricultural products and services, has managed to ruin its reputation with farmers and science writers in a single tweet. On March 17, the company announced its partnership with the thoroughly wretched Non-GMO Project*, an anti-biotech organization that sticks a goofy "non-GMO verified" label on everything from water to kitty litter.

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A Naturopath's Human Experiment Ends In Death

ACSH - March 23, 2017 - 12:00am

Turmeric pills are the latest version of snake oil promoted by healers and naturopaths. And although that may be bad, it's not as bad as their latest trick – administering turmeric using an IV and killing an otherwise healthy person.

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Caring for Your Kidneys, Essential but Often Forgotten

ACSH - March 23, 2017 - 12:00am

Since they are easily overlooked, it makes sense to check in with your kidneys to see how they're doing – and more importantly, to learn whether you're caring for them properly. Millions of Americans are not, and they're unaware of the damage they're doing because it can be symptomless.

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No, Olive Oil Isn't Toxic When Hot

ACSH - March 23, 2017 - 12:00am

When it comes to cooking, olive oil takes the cake for nutrition, flavor, and healthy fats. So it makes sense that someone would find a reason to hate it; it's the anti-science way, after all! Internet rumors swirl about the low smoke point of olive oil and claims that reaching it is potentially toxic to your health. It isn't true, and here's why.

 

 

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Norm Borlaug Created The Green Revolution - And A Whole Lot Of Pro-Science Thinking

ACSH - March 23, 2017 - 12:00am

You might notice Dr. Norm Borlaug, Nobel Laureate and "Father of the Green Revolution" in our Founder's Circle. He was a big believer in advancing an evidence-based, pro-science approach to food, and he saw the need for debunking the myths that a generation of environmental groups began creating in the 1960s: Those groups believed that science was doing more harm than good, and we simply had to resign ourselves to famine and starvation and Draconian measures might need to be taken to control the population.

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Which Is Worse: Postmodernism or Anti-Intellectualism?

ACSH - March 23, 2017 - 12:00am

Every discussion about postmodernism quickly devolves into accusations that the writer doesn't know what postermodernism is1. Of course, that's true, because nobody knows what postmodernism is. Even the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy agrees2. As the ultimate manifestation of intellectual and cultural relativism, postmodernism means whatever its adherents want it to mean.

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Eppendorf & Science Prize for Neurobiology Nominations Due June 15th

Science2.0 - March 22, 2017 - 2:40pm
The annual Eppendorf&Science Prize for Neurobiology, which is for young scientists (not older than 35 years), is open for nominations until June 15th, 2017.

The winner will receive $25,000, have their essay about their work published in Science magazine, and get a paid trip to the Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience. -->
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