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Surprise! College students likely drink much more alcohol than they think they do

Surprise! College students likely drink much more alcohol than they think they do

Previous research has shown that college students tend to put too much alcohol into what is considered a "drink," likely leading to inaccuracies in self-reported consumption, which is a mainstay of surveys on college drinking. A study in the April issue of Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research confirms that college students tend to overestimate volumes, over-pour drinks, and under-report levels of consumption. However, educational feedback regarding definitions of standard drinks appears...

Spotlight on Schiavo’s Death Didn’t Illuminate Disorder

Spotlight on Schiavo's Death Didn't Illuminate Disorder

As the debate quiets down over the life and death of Terri Schiavo, Toni Saiber thinks one crucial issue has been overlooked:

How Schiavo came to die, brain-damaged, at the eye of a maelstrom.

In most accounts, her underlying medical problem gets only a quick mention: She suffered cardiac arrest because of a potassium deficiency believed to have been brought on by an eating...

Memoir of love, depression in New England raises haunting issues

Memoir of love, depression in New England raises haunting issues

In February 2000, at age 67, Guy Waterman reached the grim goal he and his wife spent more than a year preparing for: He committed suicide by freezing to death in New Hampshire's White Mountains.
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His death, like all suicides do, raised agonizing questions. In her new memoir, ''Losing the Garden: The Story of a Marriage," Laura Waterman looks to love for answers.

''In my life with Guy I had loved blindly, plunging wholeheartedly into this...

Psych Central’s Early Days

Psych Central


"He has cried himself to sleep every night
since he was seven. Now at age, 17 he is convinced that he wants to die and spare himself of the misery he has undergone for the past ten years of his life. "The world is an ugly place, I detest every breath I breathe, I live in a nightmare of depression, and I wish I could die- then maybe, and only then I will wake up! -Little Boy Blue."


These are the words that...

Journal Articles as Marketing: Tricks of The Trade

Journal Articles as Marketing: Tricks of The Trade

It probably comes as little surprise to most readers that manufacturer-sponsored research is more likely to yield an outcome favorable to the sponsored product than similarly designed non-sponsored research.

What may be surprising is that there is actually a good-sized body of published research (non-sponsored, of course!) on this very topic. In fact, a systematic review of these “bias-evaluating” studies was published by the British Medical Journal in 2003. These researchers searched Medline and located 30 good...

Adderall and Death: It’s Team FDA versus Team Canada!

Adderall and Death: It’s Team FDA versus Team Canada!

On February 9, 2005, Health Canada (HC) announced that it was suspending sales of Adderall XR in Canada because of concerns that it might lead to sudden death and stroke. The FDA, however, has begged to differ.

Both agencies claim to have analyzed the same data, yet according to their respective health advisories, their numbers look different. HC reported 20 sudden unexplained deaths (“SUD”s) linked to Adderall from 1999-2003, while the FDA reported only 12. What...