Interview with Dr. Jocelyn Gravel, pediatric emergency physician and research director at Sainte-Justine hospital in Montreal. In a research article published in CMAJ, Dr. Gravel and colleagues derived and validated a clinical decision rule to identify skull fracture following minor head trauma in young children. The rule should make it possible to identify about 90% of skull fractures in young children with mild head trauma and reduce the use of radiologic investigations by about 60% compared with current practice.
Interview with Dr. Matthew Johnson, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Renewed interest in the use of psychedelic drugs as treatments for illnesses such as anxiety, addiction and post-traumatic stress disorder has led to small controlled studies. In association with psychotherapy some psychedelic drugs have shown good effects with adequate safety. In an analysis article published in CMAJ, Dr. Johnson and colleagues look at new emerging evidence.
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I was 16 years old when Sadness and Joy first went AWOL in my brain for a protracted period. I was an angry, scared, self-loathing teenager. Typical, many might say, but the anger and fear ran deeper and longer than my teenaged psyche could endure. I started taking anti-depressants when I was in university, and I have alternated between diagnoses of anxiety and depression for much of my adult life. I am fighting hard to keep the black dogs at bay. Finally, at the age of 36, I feel like I am making some head way.
Inside Outbrings to life five of the small voices in our heads, each of which represents a universal emotion: Happiness, Sadness, Fear, Disgust and Anger. (Surprise is absent.) We learn how these five emotions interact with each other in 11-year-old Riley’s head to keep her safe, drive her passions, connect with others and form her personality. ...continue reading →