Quick Thoughts

The pitfalls of complaining about those in power: the Committee on Publication Ethics’ handling of an authorship dispute unsatisfactorily resolved by a university

We shouldn’t expect any other outcome when a former PhD student complains to COPE. Note how the university stacked the deck in defining rules for how these disputes are resolved.

Appeal to NICE concerning the Guideline Committee for ME/CFS

"Anyone can sign. Please do. The letter is going off with a couple of dozen signatures, but the petition is open to all."

A patient who chooses to live reacts to one who chose to die

A last blog post from a patient long suffering with myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome chose to end her life attracted a lot of attention. Here is a response from a patient who chooses to live and try to inspire others in that choice.

A sudden reversal of fortune for the biopsychosocial model of illness

The public conversation has shifted about the biopsychosocial model of myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME; formerly known as chronic fatigue syndrome) in ways that will not be readily reversed.

Systematic review shows no improvement in quality of mindfulness research in 16 years

Should we still take claims about mental health benefits of mindfulness with a grain of  salt? A systematic review by one of mindfulness training's key promoters suggests maybe so.

Checking graphs in articles: Binge drinking in women dramatically increasing, while binge drinking in men decreasing.

A reminder to check tables and graphs in articles. Don’t just gloss over the valuable information they may display.

An American academic attempting to attend a PhD defense treated as a refugee at Schiphol, the Amsterdam airport

A Dutch academic colleague tells his experience attempting to rescue an American researcher arriving to attend a PhD ceremony who was denied entry at Schiphol. Post-Brexit British academics, this could happen to you.

NJ Psychological Association challenges APA Clinical Practice Guideline for the Treatment of PTSD

NJPA statement reflects concerns of psychodynamic therapistswho fear the loss of their livelihood, insurance companies not funding their work, and the opportunity for clients to receive psychodynamic and other treatments that were not included. The statement also suggests that all treatments yield results and that RCT’s should not have been as strongly considered in the development of the Guideline.

Carly Maryhew’s Open letter to TEDxBristol regarding Esther Crawley’s “Disrupting Your View of ME” presentation

Calling out another example of TEDx talks falling dreadfully short of their advertised “Only good science.”

Writing papers and grants during the holidays: An informal international conversation

Whether and how academics should write papers and grants during the holidays is a complex issue. Any advice whether they should must be qualified by a huge “It depends.”

Coyne of the Realm’s open letter to the National Health and Research Medical Centre (NHMRC) of Australia

To put it bluntly:  detection and diagnosis, as well as research and public policy concerning Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) in Australia are a disaster. There is a high likelihood of the situation becoming worse.