Musings of a phenomenologist

Science, psychiatry and random musings

It’s just a little prick

Posted by soveda on January 28, 2009

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But does it do any good?

I’m referring to acupuncture which is being puffed, sorry reported on, by the BBC again today in this article.

Confusion you say, now what confusion would that be I wonder? Nothing to do with the media portrayal of previous studies surely. Read the rest of this entry »

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MMR again

Posted by soveda on January 23, 2009

So the Lancet have published another paper on MMR, and this time it’s not Wakefield, well sort of. Read the rest of this entry »

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It’s all in the mind surely?

Posted by soveda on January 5, 2009

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I was navel gazing and having a look at which of my rants was the most read, it seems that it was the one on electrosensitivity. So lets have a talk about medically unexplained symptoms shall we? Read the rest of this entry »

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But she’s a professor!

Posted by soveda on December 19, 2008

Thanks to Ben Goldacre’s mini blog I came accross this story. It’s a worrying story for me in several ways, the diagnosis by letter being one. Read the rest of this entry »

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Snoring kills, no really…

Posted by soveda on December 8, 2008

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I was reading a car magazine last week and found an advert selling SnorBan With the strap-line “Snoring Driving fatigue can be fatal”.

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Are you lonesome tonight?

Posted by soveda on December 2, 2008

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Well, if you live in Edinburgh you are likely to be according to this you are more likely to be. Read the rest of this entry »

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Not smoking can kill

Posted by soveda on November 26, 2008

Another day, another bit of advertising billed as reporting on the BBC website.

To be fair they do aknowledge that this is linked to a programme being broadcast on the 26th November (Today).

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Are you sure you really want to do that?

Posted by soveda on November 25, 2008

Or: Do we have the right to make bad decisions for ourselves?

Yes I’m going to start talking about the Mental Capacity Act 2005.

It’s a great piece of legislation, not really it is and here is why:

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Itz just a little drinkie

Posted by soveda on November 22, 2008

Browsing the BBC website today I came across this article, which states that drinkers lie about how much they drink.

Goodness me, I am surprised, only 2 out of 5 people lie about their drinking. I thought the rule of thumb was:

Double what the individual says they are drinking and halve what their relatives say.

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Is madness all in the mind?

Posted by soveda on November 18, 2008

I’ve been banging on about mental illness and stigma on this blog for a few posts and I’m sure it it getting very dull for people but I’ll go on and on anyway.

I was just pondering the rationalle behind the programe “Horizon: How mad are you”. I read on the BBC website that is was all about showing people that you can’t see who has a mental illness just by looking at them. Now I have no problem with that concept, I just have a sneaking suspicion that there are better ways of doing that than a glorified reality TV gameshow.

Cards on the table, I tried to watch the programme but I just couldn’t get past the awful Big Brother style opening and portentous music. So I can’t comment on the programme itself, I heard “all in the mind” today where they interviewed one of the “expert panel” and he implied that he was not as happy with the content of the programme as he could have been.

So is this sort of programme educational or exploitative?

(I understand that the individuals with a mental health diagnosis were for the most part in remission/fully treated at the time of the programme, surely this means that they were not “mad at the time?)

For a more measured post have a read of JDCs blog, and while you’re there read all the other posts, there is quite some thinking going on.

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