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A treatment for Depression and Anxiety in Cancer Patients

Mushrooms.  As in “Magic Mushrooms”.  As in hallucinogenic Mushrooms. Well, actually, psilocybin. About 80 percent of cancer patients showed clinically significant reductions in both psychological disorders, a response sustained some seven months after the single dose. Side effects were minimal. (‘both disorders’ being Depression and Anxiety – cziltang) As one might expect, researchers don’t really […]



From the Diplomad: …Meanwhile if you want to get ready for the impending arrival of Obamacare, visit your local DMV, but imagine it with the screams of the sick and dying.

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More on Medical issues

I recently emailed Dr.J of the Gormogons a few comments on his comments on my comments on his post about 3rd party payors in health insurance.  Dr.J graciously responded. While I do have more comments/questions that are germane to the original topic, I realize that I have inadvertently strayed perilously close to “ongoing dialog” territory.  […]

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Rational Choices in Healthcare

A week and a half ago, Dr. J at The Gormogons posted something entitled The Problem with Third Party Payors.  I had been meaning to write about the topic for the past couple of months, but never quite got around to it, probably because it is personally embarrassing. Dr. J’s point is pretty succinct: …if […]

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For Rat Jr.

Rat Jr. has been taking a lot of heat on that Face Page thingy from her “friends” about her opposition to Obamacare.  Bruce McQuain has a great post today entitled Health Care is still not a “right,” in which he explains the difference between an inherent right and a government granted priviledge.  So, I thought […]

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Obamacare at its simplest

Smile! (via Doug Ross)

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the 10 grooviest new Obamacare taxes

In graph form, no less!

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Follow the Money

Addiction in America is set to increase massively in the next year or so.  A new recreational drug epidemic?  No.  They’re just getting ready to change the definition of “addiction” in the new DSM (V, I think).  The new definition makes diagnosing someone as an addict much easier. The DSM (Diagnistic and Statistical Manual of […]

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That much closer to Marvin

Or maybe not.  Douglas Adams had a character in the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, Marvin, an incredibly intelligent robot who was, for lack of a better term, terminally depressed. University of Texas researchers have now created a computer with schizophrenia. One small step for man, one giant leap for robot therapists. (via GeekPress)

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Food (or perhaps, drink) for thought

Legiron discusses and links to an in-depth post about breast cancer.  The question is, “Why do women in the Western world die from breast cancer at a rate of about 1 in 10, while women in China die of breast cancer die at a rate of about 1 in 10,000?” The answer appears to be […]

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