In the Neurology Podcast July 29th 2008 issue there is a discussion of a study looking at the relationship between statins and dementia. They had 12,000 person-years of follow-up in this observational study carried out in Sacramento, California. The population under investigation had a high prevalence of cardiovascular disease and diabetes. There was a marked reduction in risk of dementia for those on statins after controlling for other factors.
In the Nature Podcast for the week of 31.7.8, the genetics of schizophrenia is discussed with one of the authors of the recent gene study (see yesterday’s news round up). One fascinating insight was that a chromosome 1 gene variant increases risk 15-fold although this particular mutation is quite rare.
The June 24th 2008 edition of My Three Shrinks Podcast is their Grand Round Podcast in which they summarise IPhone applications for medicine including web 2.0 health, giving a face to scientific papers and googling symptoms. Viewing CT scans on the iPhone is useful for medical students! Listening to the blog, I noticed that over in the U.S.A, doctors have to fill in lots of forms about patients related to the insurance companies which we fortunately don’t have to do in the NHS!
Another Podcast, this time with a psychology focus is ShrinkRap Radio (not to be confused with the ShrinkRap Blog). ShrinkRap Radio is an ongoing series of podcasts by Dr David Van Nuys, a psychologist, who at the time of writing has recorded his 165th episode. These episodes are an hour long, so it’s clear that some considerable effort has gone into this series. The latest episode is a discussion of the Jungian View of Film. I have an interest in the relationship between films and psychiatry (as i’m sure many psychiatrists do) so the interview with Jungian psychotherapist Dr John Beebe was fascinating and includes an analysis of the Wizard of Oz!.
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