In this 30-minute podcast, Peter Simons reports on the latest scientific articles in psychiatry. The goal is to provide more detail than is usually found in conventional research news and to help listeners understand how to interpret the findings.
Articles covered in this podcast include:
- A study in Nature finding that the positive results of psychiatry’s brain imaging studies are false; any real correlations are tiny and clinically meaningless;
- A study demonstrating that more than half of negative antidepressant trials remain unpublished or are misleadingly “spun” as positive;
- A study finding that clinical trials were missing from drug regulators’ decision-making about methylphenidate (Ritalin);
- A study finding that 73% of authors in major medical journals failed to disclose their financial conflicts of interest;
- An article describing poor outcomes and adverse effects in the first four people taking esketamine at a major clinic for treatment-resistant depression;
- A placebo-controlled study finding that antipsychotics worsen cognitive functioning in first-episode psychosis;
- And an article that may explain why some people don’t find meditation to be helpful—because trying to control negative feelings goes against the foundation of the practice.
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