Often it happens that soon after we post on one topic or another, we stumble upon related material and think, “Damn, wish we could’ve included that in the post!” A few such item we’ve bookmarked in recent weeks:

  • After “News Flash, Pharmacological Edition” and its short list of recommended reading on antidepressants
    “A Glut of Antidepressants” (NY Times) discusses research published earlier this year which found that almost 2/3 of individuals diagnosed with depression did not in fact meet the DSM diagnostic criteria for major depression. Most, of course, were given SSRIs or other medication – this, despite the conclusion of a 2012 study we recently became aware of: “Antidepressants generally do more harm than good.”
  • After “Obesity as ‘Disease’?”
    LiveScience reported on yet another commentary about Body Mass Index (BMI) being a misleading measure of health. Simply, it overlooks too much: fat, fat distribution, race, gender, age…. So why use it? “Because,” one of its authors told LiveScience, “it’s simple.” The commentary was published in the prestigious journal Science.
  • After “The Real Question” and“Pink Ribbon Season Already?!”
    “Cancer Research in Crisis” (Salon) discusses the work of Lee Ellis, which has shown that the “irreproducibility of papers published in peer-reviewed scientific journals is a major problem” – and one not restricted to marginal publications by any means. “The recent questions raised about the reproducibility of biological and medical research findings is forcing scientists to embark on a soul-searching mission,” writes Jalees Rehman. “It is likely that this journey will shake up many long-held beliefs.”

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