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Study: For good and bad, TV ads promote higher prescribing volume of psychiatric medications

couple_watching_televisionHow Are Direct-to-Con­sumer-Adver­tise­ments Chang­ing Psy­chi­atric Drug Use? (The Dana Foun­da­tion):

Flip on your tele­vi­sion to a com­mer­cial sta­tion and you are like­ly to see ads for cars, snacks, and home appliances—and pre­scrip­tion med­ica­tions. Some ads specif­i­cal­ly tar­get psy­chi­atric ill­ness­es Read the rest of this entry »

Preventive Medicine for Brain Health

brainGiv­en the cur­rent polit­i­cal cli­mate, we are pleased to host this thought-pro­vok­ing arti­cle by 2 of our Expert Con­trib­u­tors. Dear Mr or Mrs Next Pres­i­dent: how can you help our minds take bet­ter care of our brains?


Ask Not What The Health Sys­tem Can Do For You…

– By Simon J. Evans, PhD and Paul R. Burghardt, PhD.

With the pres­i­den­tial debates gear­ing up again we are sure to hear more about health care. But we pro­pose a slight­ly dif­fer­ent ques­tion. In addi­tion to ask­ing how we can get more peo­ple health­care cov­er­age, we should also ask why so many peo­ple are sick in the first place.

The words of John Kennedy might today be, “Ask not what the health care sys­tem can do for you. Ask what you can do to reduce the health care bur­den”. But before delv­ing into what we can do, let’s take a look at some real­i­ties that our next pres­i­dent could face in their first ‘State of the Union’ address.

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Joaquin Fuster wins the George A. Miller Prize in Cognitive Neuroscience

We are very hap­py that Joaquin Fuster, one of our sci­en­tif­ic advi­sors, has won the 2007 George A. Miller Prize in Cog­ni­tive Neu­ro­science.

The George A. Miller Prize in Cog­ni­tive Neu­ro­science was estab­lished in 1995 by the Cog­ni­tive Neu­ro­science Soci­ety and the James S. McDon­nell Foun­da­tion to hon­or the career con­tri­bu­tions of George A. Miller to cog­ni­tive neuroscience…The prize is award­ed to the nom­i­nee whose career is char­ac­ter­ized by dis­tin­guished and sus­tained schol­ar­ship and research at the cut­ting-edge of cog­ni­tive neu­ro­science. Extra­or­di­nary inno­va­tion and high impact on inter­na­tion­al sci­en­tif­ic think­ing should be a hall­mark of the recipient’s work.

Dr. Joaquin Fuster is Pro­fes­sor of Psy­chi­a­try and Biobe­hav­ioral Sci­ences at the Neu­ropsy­chi­atric Insti­tute and Brain Research Insti­tute of Uni­ver­si­ty of Cal­i­for­nia at Los Ange­les’ School of Med­i­cine. Fuster’s long research career has had wide-rang­ing impli­ca­tions for our under­stand­ing of the brain mech­a­nisms of cog­ni­tion.

The Neu­r­o­crit­ic dis­cuss­es Joaquin Fuster’s mod­el of cog­ni­tive orga­ni­za­tion, Paul dis­cuss­es Fuster’s work. Both are pret­ty tech­ni­cal. We will inter­view Dr. Fuster for our Neu­ro­science Inter­view Series dur­ing the sum­mer to make his excit­ing research acces­si­ble to all read­ers.

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