Quick Thoughts

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.

Confirmation bias in JAMA Psychiatry article concerning neighborhood-level variation in risk of psychosis

This article represents a good teaching example of confirmation bias, whereby weak findings are interpreted as consistent with the dominant view in the literature.

Develop a life-threatening illness before tenure, lose your faculty position and your health-insurance

Another revealing story of just how  vulnerable Americans are with respect to health insurance and security of employment when they become ill.

No, seats on the US Institute of Medicine advisory commitees are not for sale, despite what the Dutch Parliament was told

How the Executive Director of the Health and Medicine Division of the IoM responded to Professor Pim van Gool, the President of the Dutch Health Council disparaging the reputation of the IoM in testimony to the Dutch Parliament.

Probing the claim a black, working-class man would have to call 80 psychotherapists to get an appointment.

Study of returned calls from psychotherapists for requests for first appointments got lots of attention in social media but were claims accurate?

At least 3 reasons you don’t have to read Understanding Psychosis and Schizophrenia 2

Has the British Psychological Society lost its audience for misrepresentatingn of serious mental disorder?

HappinessCounter, a new digital app that encourages you to smile in your daily life

There is so much wrong with this app from the University of Tokyo and Sony, I don.t know where to start. So, I won’t.

Mindfulness: A web-based masterclass

A bonus of free access to a web-based Mastercourse on Mindfulness for those who respond quickly

Screening for Distress and Depression vs Optimizing Support and Compassion in Medical Care

My upcoming talks at the Dutch International Congress on Insurance Medicine 2017

Unethical: Why Bristol University SMILE trial should not have been conducted with chronically ill children

If it should have been conducted at all, the first clinical trial of Lightning Process should not have been conducted with chronically ill children. Safety and efficacy had neither been established with adults, nor healthy children.