Webby Award Winners
The Webbys were last night, the awards which determine the best of the best on the Web in the past year. There are Webby winners and the People's Voice awards for each category, and winners are limited to no more than a 5-word acceptance speech (if only the Academy Awards would do the same!!!!!!!). Intrigued? The list of winners is available.
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In-Home Pesticide Exposure Increases Parkinson’s Risk
"Pesticide use and exposure in the home and garden increase the risk of developing Parkinson’s disease, according to a study of almost 500 people newly diagnosed with the disease. [...] In-home exposure to insecticides carried the highest risk of developing the disease. Parkinson’s patients were more than twice as likely to have been exposed to insecticides in the home than those without the disease. Past exposure to herbicides was also associated with the disease, whereas exposure to insecticides in the garden and fungicides were not found to be risk factors." This may help people reduce their risk of Parkinson's in the future.
(Posted at 10:39:36 AM EDT.)
Email came back up last night. FYI.
(Posted at 09:38:59 AM EDT.)
Stress From Violence, Disaster Can Linger For Years
"People who survive natural disasters or severe violence are at high risk for suffering years of post-traumatic stress disorder, California researchers report. First widely recognized in veterans of the Vietnam War, post-traumatic stress disorder is now recognized to be a problem in the larger population. Anyone who survives intensely traumatic circumstances may show its signs and symptoms -- including withdrawal from others, flashbacks, and feelings of helplessness." Hmm.
(Posted at 09:38:21 AM EDT.)
My email provider has been down since this morning. If you need to reach me asap, use this address. Blah.
(Posted at 05:33:36 PM EDT.)
Survey disputes notion that Internet encourages isolation
"Far from encouraging social isolation, the Internet improves communication with friends and families, according to a study released Wednesday. The Pew Internet and American Life Project also indicates that more than 9 million U.S. women logged on to the Internet for the first time in the last six months, closing the gender gap among Web surfers and raising the total number of Americans who use the Internet daily to 55 million." This study directly contradicts those studies (like the Stanford study) which show that greater Internet use leads to greater social isolation. And the nice thing is, since the Stanford people shot themselves in the foot with looking for publicity rather than peer-review, this survey is as valid as the Stanford study. Given its sample size (3,533), and the fact it was conducted on the telephone, I'd say it is even a more robust finding.
(Posted at 09:12:34 AM EDT.)
New Depression Screening Website
Check out the new depression screening Website from the National Mental Health Association. "The Web site offers a national directory of healthcare professionals who offer free depression screenings; referrals to local mental health physicians; video clips of patients experiences with depression; and general information regarding symptoms, causes, and treatments for the illness. The site offers a 10-question clinical depression screening test that was developed by Screening for Mental Health, Inc. in collaboration with the Harvard Medical School department of psychiatry."
(Posted at 07:33:22 AM EDT.)
Evidence Sheds New Light On Dark Side Of Prozac
"Just as the 14-year patent on Prozac is about to expire and the drug's maker, Eli Lilly and Co., is preparing to launch a new version, a body of evidence has come to light revealing the antidepressant's dark side. The company's internal documents, some dating to the mid-1980s, as well as government applications and patents, indicate that the pharmaceutical giant has known for years that its best-selling drug could cause suicidal reactions in a small but significant number of patients. The reports could become critical as Lilly seeks government approval for its new Prozac." Like we didn't know!! Pharmcos must think the public is stupid.
(Posted at 07:31:31 AM EDT.)
Only 14 percent of patients treated for three common mental illnesses receive adequate care in the U.S.
"Only 14 percent of patients treated for three common mental illnesses -- depression, generalized anxiety disorder, and panic disorder -- received care that met with accepted standards, according to a new Harvard Medical School study published in this week's Journal of General Internal Medicine. The study also found that of the individuals who obtained care for any of these three mental illnesses (53.8 percent), African-Americans were significantly less likely to receive adequate care. Compared to whites, African-Americans were only 10 percent as likely to receive care in accordance with accepted guidelines from either general physicians or mental health specialists, adding mental health to the growing list of medical fields with detected racial differences in the quality and form of care delivered." Hmm.
(Posted at 07:29:24 AM EDT.)
Hey, I know I'm behind with a new editorial and all... I'm working on something, but it may be a few more days before it gets online. Please be patient.
(Posted at 08:03:32 AM EDT.)
Cybersex Addiction Spreading, Psychologists Say
"Research shows that an estimated 15 percent of Internet users have visited online sex chat rooms or pornographic sites. A study presented at the conference found that almost 9 percent of people who use the Internet for sex spend more than 11 hours per week surfing for erotic content. [...] Almost half the women in Cooper's study said chat rooms - online person-to-person discussions - were their favorite forum for cybersex, compared to just 23 percent who said they preferred pictures. The numbers were almost exactly reversed for men." So talking to others in chat rooms (flirting) is a bad thing? I guess anything can be a bad thing taken to an extreme.
(Posted at 08:59:24 AM EDT.)
Depression Associated with Increased Risk for Heart Disease in Men and Women
"Both men and women with depression have an increased risk for coronary heart disease (CHD); however, men are at an increased risk of CHD mortality while women are not, according to an article in the May 8 issue of the American Medical Association's Archives of Internal Medicine, a member of the JAMA family of journals."
(Posted at 08:54:41 AM EDT.)
Weekends Are Slow
Slow... slow... slow... psychology wise!
(Posted at 11:59:18 PM EDT.)
Ahh, the Weekend
Time for relaxation, reflection, and getting stuff done around the house. Well, ideally anyway. In the real world, the first two go by the wayside and all we really have time for is catching up with where we are supposed to be in our personal lives. I spend a great deal of time trying to catch up on email and little things needing to be done. I'm not sure I feel all that fulfilled after doing so, though. Mostly I just feel overwhelmed much of the time... Which is pretty normal, given the hectic pace of life these days!
(Posted at 01:20:03 PM EDT.)