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Why Are People So Interested in the DSM-5?

There is a lot of internet buzz about the approval by the American Psychiatric Association's (APA) board of trustees of its fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5.) The APA press release notes "the trustees’ action marks the end of the manual’s comprehensive revision process, which has spanned over a decade and included contributions from more than 1,500 experts in psychiatry, psychology, social work, psychiatric nursing, pediatrics, neurology, and other related fields from 39 countries."The approval was announced on Saturday, December 1 (was the APA trying to keep it quiet?) with publication of the DSM-5 scheduled spring 2013...

December 6, 2012 — David L. Levine

Why Don't Helmets Prevent Concussions?

Helmets protect your head—but they can't fully protect your brain. This helps to explain why football players continue to incur brain trauma that may lead to debilitating brain disease.Recently, a team of researchers presented more evidence of the devastating progression of a brain disease caused by repeated brain trauma...

December 5, 2012 — Daisy Yuhas

The Battle of the Prenatal Tests

The young couple looked at me expectantly as I re-read the amnio report and tried to decide what to tell them.“The ultrasound from 15 weeks looks fine,” I stalled, trying to present the good news first.“What about the amnio?”“Well, there is something unusual...

December 5, 2012 — Ricki Lewis

Stressed out and not thinking straight

In times of acute stress, we really DON'T think straight. In fact, we suffer deficits in working memory. And we do this in spite of an increase in dopamine release from the neuron terminals there, which we usually think of as being associated with important stimuli (like food or drugs) in the prefrontal cortex...

December 5, 2012 — Scicurious

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