World of Psychology

Life Insurance Discrimination

A friend of mine recently wrote to me about a situation that I think should scare many people.

She, like many folks, receives a small life insurance policy from her workplace for something like $25,000 in case of accidental death. A lot of companies offer...

98,000 Patient Deaths per Year May Have Been Low

In 1999, the Institute of Medicine published a report that described how 98,000 Americans were dying every year in hospitals due to preventable medical errors. This report at HealthGrades follows up on that report and indicates that while another 500,000 Americans have needlessly died in the past 5 years, little has been done to stem this epidemic tide of preventable medical errors in hospitals.

If this were a disease, it would be on the front page of every newspaper, every day.


Negative self-image of adolescents fosters increasingly damaging behaviors

Negative self-image of adolescents fosters increasingly damaging behaviors
Adolescents who think little of themselves tend to shy away from interactions with peers. This uncertainty and withdrawal then draws negative feedback from other students, prompting even more withdrawal and leaving them with few chances to have close friends and as targets for teasing or bullying.

Such are the findings of a comprehensive yearlong study led by researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and published in the July/August issue of the journal Child Development. The...

Who said ancient cultures didn’t know how to have fun?

Ancient brewery discovered on mountaintop in Peru
Archaeologists working in southern Peru found an ancient brewery more than 1,000 years old. Remains of the brewing facility were uncovered on Cerro Ba�l, a mountaintop city over 8,000 feet above sea level, which was home to elite members of the Wari Empire from AD 600-1000.

Predating the Inca Empire by at least four centuries, this Wari brewery was used to make chicha, a fermented beverage similar to beer that played an important role in ritual feasting and...

Drug Maker Acknowledges Misleading Claims

The maker of a popular medicine for schizophrenia has notified doctors that it minimized potentially fatal safety risks and made misleading claims about the drug in promotional materials.

Janssen Pharmaceutic Products sent a two-page letter to the health care community this past week to clarify the risks of Risperdal, Carol Goodrich, a spokeswoman for the Johnson & Johnson subsidiary, said...

Bloggers bring new convention perspective

Somewhere among the more than 15,000 newspaper, magazine, television and radio journalists roaming the Democratic National Convention this week in Boston will be more than 30 people without a notebook, an editor or a deadline.

For the first time, bloggers - the Internet's equivalent of...