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How Does Alcoholics Anonymous Beat Rival Treatments?

Alcoholics Anonymous, the 80-year-old self-help program, has always had critics, who fault it for being too religious and unscientific. Journalist Gabrielle Glaser revives both these charges in her April Atlantic article, “The False Gospel of Alcoholics Anonymous.” She claims that “researchers have debunked central tenets of A.A.

April 4, 2015 — John Horgan
UMN: How many deaths have occurred during your clinical trials?

UMN: How many deaths have occurred during your clinical trials?

This series uses the story of Dan Markingson's participation in a clinical trial of anti-psychotic drugs at the University of Minnesota, his suicide in 2004 while participating on the study, and subsequent events as a case study in which to explore various aspects of clinical trial conduct.

May 8, 2014 — Judy Stone
An Ethics Conference Where an Expert Gets it Wrong

An Ethics Conference Where an Expert Gets it Wrong

There was an interesting array of topics at last week's Advancing Ethical Research conference sponsored by Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research (PRIMR), ranging from basics of Institutional Review Boards (IRB) to ethics of Ebola trials, which was excellent.

December 15, 2014 — Judy Stone
Why the new NIH guidelines for psychiatric drug testing worry me

Why the new NIH guidelines for psychiatric drug testing worry me

Psychiatric drugs have always been a black box. The complexity of the brain has meant that most successful drugs for treating disorders like depression, psychosis and bipolar disorder were discovered by accident and trial and error rather than rational design.

March 21, 2014 — Ashutosh Jogalekar
What do the UMN and Disney Have in Common?

What do the UMN and Disney Have in Common?

This research ethics series uses the story of Dan Markingson’s participation in a clinical trial of anti-psychotic drugs at the University of Minnesota, his suicide 2004 while participating on the study, and subsequent events as a case study in which to explore various aspects of clinical trial conduct.

November 25, 2013 — Judy Stone

N.Y. Times Hype of “Feel-Good Gene” Makes Me Feel Bad

In 1990 The New York Times published a front-page article by Lawrence Altman, a reporter with a medical degree, announcing that scientists had discovered “a link between alcoholism and a specific gene.” That was merely one in a string of reports in which the Times and other major media hyped what turned out to be [...]

March 13, 2015 — John Horgan
Have Pain? Are You Crazy? Rare Diseases Pt. 2

Have Pain? Are You Crazy? Rare Diseases Pt. 2

Its all in your head, patients with unexplained pain or unexpected symptoms often hear. My recent post on rare diseases and pediatric pain clearly resonated with a number of people, prompting my immersion in the medical literature and speaking with some experts and patients about these topics and about the difficulties patients with atypical symptoms [...]

February 18, 2014 — Judy Stone

Is Meditation Overrated?

The scientific evidence is scant for many of the practice's widely touted benefits

May 1, 2014 — Melinda Wenner Moyer

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