Dr Allen Frances is an Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry and was chair of the DSM-IV taskforce. Subsequently however he has been very vocal in his criticism of DSM-V which continued in a recent New York Times Op ed. The American Psychiatric Association has produced brilliant responses published in the Huffington Post (by Dr James Scully, CEO and Medical Director of the American Psychiatric Association) as well as on the new ‘DSM-5 Facts’ website.
The President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, Professor Sue Bailey has written an interesting piece on why Psychiatry should not be absorbed into neuroscience in response to a piece in the BMJ. Although there is a very important role for neuroscience, there are additional psychosocial elements of Psychiatry both in terms of theory and practice which fall outside the remit of Neuroscience. One simple example is the legal framework of the Mental Health Act.
There’s a useful summary of an analysis of pooled data from two Phase III studies for FDA approved antidepressant Vilazodone showing statistically and clinically significant advantage over placebo.
Dr Vaughan Bell (MindHacks) has written a piece on fMRI research at the Observer on some of the assumptions of fMRI research which are being challenged (to improve the research) and followed this up with another post at MindHacks.
The Neuroskeptic looks at a very interesting test for assessing visual hallucinations in Lewy Body Dementia developed by Japanese Neurologists.
There’s an interesting post on automated medication dispensing machines at Singularity Hub. Apparently these machines are being used in many US hospitals and are estimated to be dispensing 350 million medications per year.
New Scientist has a piece on Lowland Gorillas. Researchers have recently identified a modified gestural language used by adults for infants. There is a video example here. Our last common ancestor with Gorillas is estimated to have lived approximately 7 million years ago.
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