2013 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,700 times in 2013. If it were a cable car, it would take about 28 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

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F.D.A. Seeks Tighter Control on Prescriptions for Class of Painkillers

They are basically talking about the reclassification of hydrocodone-containing painkillers as “Schedule II” medications from their current classification as “Schedule III” drugs.

The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday recommended tighter controls on how doctors prescribe the most commonly used narcotic painkillers.

The move, which represents a major policy shift, follows a decade-long debate over whether the widely abused drugs, which contain the narcotic hydrocodone, should be controlled as tightly as more powerful painkillers such as OxyContin.

Read the NY Times article here.

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Psychotherapy’s Image Problem

An interesting article about the decline in patients seeking psychotherapy.

Psychotherapy’s Image Problem

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Where Are The New Advances in Psychotropics?

All of our current antidepressants, antipsychotics and anti-anxiety drugs share the same molecular targets in the brain as their prototypes from the 1950s.

Read the article here in the NY Times.

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Now I Understand

Okay, now I get what Ernie Anastos was talking about.

The dog’s name is Ernie.

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Separated At Birth

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Joe the Plumber and the Colossus of New York. One is an ugly monster and the other is a very underrated 1958 movie.

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Empathy: The Human Connection to Patient Care

As a social work professor, I try to instill in my students the idea that we must really know our clients to be able to help them.

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