Recent Blog Posts
News reports this week confirm the danger of severe long-term brain injury to football players, including those who played in high school and college. Earlier studies had indicated that boys who start playing tackle football before the age of 12 face a higher risk of neurological deficits as adults. The American Psychiatric Association reported the […]
I have piles of fascinating intentions on my desk(s). Lotsa interesting science news comes by that I’d like to abstract for this blog. And rarely get to. This one is unique and too important to be put off. It’s about human glial cells…and how, when grown in mouse brains, the mice get smarter. Reminds […]
I’ve organized over 50 meetings and events, a particular way of learning I enjoy, and the ISTDP Summer School on Whidbey Island, Puget Sound, this year has to rank as my favorite. We had 21 students (and four teachers) representing every continent on the globe but Antarctica at the Captain Whidbey Inn about three hours […]
Some recent readings I have come across…demonstrate that conceptual changes are always on the horizon. Two new areas of thinking about depression are emerging from basic and clinical research on brain inflammation and ketamine, an NMDA receptor antagonist. To my mind, the most revolutionary change concerns brain inflammation and depression. A different direction in biological psychiatry and depression comes from the numerous recent studies pointing to Ketamine’s rapid antidepressant effect.
Talk about vicious circles: the stress of trying to think clearly can impair the ability to recover clear thinking. A very strong piece of reporting by Robert Lee Hotz, titled REPERCUSSIONS IN SCHOOL FROM CONCUSSIONS ON THE FIELD, appeared recently in the Wall Street Journal. Hotz’s investigation confirms that “almost every concussion leaves the brain […]