Monday, February 6, 2023

Tag: research

Jim van Os and Peter Groot: When Assessing Antidepressant Withdrawal Methods,...

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Jim van Os and Peter Groot discuss their paper: “Successful Use of Tapering Strips for Hyperbolic Reduction of Antidepressant Dose: A Cohort Study” published in the journal Therapeutic Advances in Psychopharmacology.

Interview: Is Forced Treatment Deterring Youth from Seeking Mental Health Care?

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Researcher Nev Jones, Ph.D., talks about her study of youth hospitalized against their will, and how their experiences affected their attitudes about mental health treatment and providers.

The P-Value Problem in Psychiatry

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Stanford researcher writes that readers should check the effect size of results instead of looking at the p-value.

Why is the Field of Psychotherapy Still Fractured into Different Approaches?

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Psychotherapy is dominated by contradicting schools of thought, exhibits a gap between research and practice, and repackages old ideas rather than finding clinical consensus.

Multiple Researchers Examining the Same Data Find Very Different Results

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A new study demonstrates how the choice of statistical techniques when examining data plays a large role in scientific outcomes.

Pooling Data May Hide Negative Outcomes for Antidepressants

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A new study, published in Psychological Medicine, found evidence for a specific type of publication bias distorting the evidence about antidepressant efficacy.

Less Than Half of Clinical Trials Comply with Legislation to Accurately...

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A new study finds that sponsors of clinical trials in the EU continue to fail at reporting their results as required by recent legislation.

What Is Critical Psychology? New Site for Scholar-Activists

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From Robert Beshara: "I am pleased to announce that on behalf of the Critical Praxis Collective, I have put together a website which will...

Does Meditation Work?

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From Aeon: "Confirmation bias is difficult to overcome. Journals rely on reviewers to spot them, but because some of these biases have become standard practice...

Inside the Campaign to Strip Harassers of Their Scientific Honors

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From Pacific Standard: "Frustrated with the academy's inaction, McLaughlin started a Change.org campaign to encourage the National Academy of Sciences to remove alleged harassers from its ranks. Her...

Capitalism Is Ruining Science

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From Jacobin Magazine: "When the competitive dictates of capitalism — selling your labor if you’re a worker, maximizing profit if you’re a boss — reign...

How a Flood of Corporate Funding Can Distort NIH Research

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From The Washington Post: "At the heart of the matter is money. As Congress has declined to spend more on research, many academics have been...

Can You Rely on the Drugs That Your Doctor Prescribes?

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From The Conversation: "One of the authors of this article (Joel Lexchin) was part of a study that looked at FCOI in Canadian medical guidelines....

Kevin MacDonald and the Elevation of Anti-Semitic Pseudoscience

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From Undark: "Of course, there are many ideas — some with passionate followings — that don’t receive much attention in academic journals. These might include...

FDA Repays Industry by Rushing Risky Drugs to Market

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From ProPublica: "The FDA is increasingly green-lighting expensive drugs despite dangerous or little-known side effects and inconclusive evidence that they curb or cure disease. Once...

Joint Public Statement on U.S. Immigration Policies

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Several psychology groups have released the following public statement on U.S. immigration policies and practices: "This statement is an official statement of the specific signatories...

Separated-at-Birth Triplets Met Tragic End After Psych Experiment

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From the New York Post: "'Three Identical Strangers' chronicles a story so wild that, as Shafran says in the film, 'I wouldn’t believe if...

FDA Shakes Up Guidance on Antidepressant Trial Design

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From MedPage Today: "The FDA released new draft guidance for development and testing new pharmacologic agents indicated to treat major depressive disorder (MDD). For example, the new guidance...

“The Angry Consumer”: Embracing Difficult Conversations

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Judgments of the so-called ‘angry consumer’ deeply reinforce divisions within mental health policy and services. The only way we can engage in meaningful co-production is not to gloss over histories of collective exclusion and disempowerment and all the pain and anger that goes with it, but rather to validate and work through difficult emotions.

Scientific Opinions — For Sale

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From Medium: "This is where evidence based medicine is supposed to shine, by demanding randomized trials to prove that certain procedures/drugs either work or don’t....

Questioning the Philosophical Assumptions of Neuroscience Research

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Are philosophical misunderstandings behind the failure of neuroscience to provide useful clinical research?

Why Predicting Suicide is a Difficult and Complex Challenge

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From The Conversation: "The sum of our scientific evidence indicates that, just like most other things in nature, the causes and predictors of suicide...

Can Auditing Scientific Research Fix its Reproducibility Crisis?

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"The study predicts that audits would reduce the number of false positive results from 30.2 per 100 papers to 12.3 per 100—far from perfect,...

The $3 Billion Research Breakdown

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In this piece for Medscape, Jodi S. Cohen chronicles the research malpractice case of child psychiatrist Mani Pavuluri, who put vulnerable children at serious risk...

Mediated Realities

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In this editorial for Tidsskriftet, Ketil Slagstad discusses how the Norwegian media's uncritical coverage of the Lancet antidepressant study points to deeper underlying issues within the...