Dinah, ClinkShrink, & Roy produce Shrink Rap: a blog by Psychiatrists for Psychiatrists, interested bystanders are also welcome. A place to talk; no one has to listen.
Friday, April 04, 2008
Some Plugs for New Psychiatry Blogs
Check it out:
Geared towards psychiatry residents, PsychResidentOnline
has resources for exams, and says very nice things about both Shrink Rap and the My Three Shrinks Podcast. I thought I'd give them a plug right back.
And look, they've even got a Cytochrome P450 table for Roy.
The next plug goes to Dr. Peter Kramer, author of Listening to Prozac and Against Depression (and others). He's now writing a psychiatry blog for Psychology Today called "In Practice" (...not In Treatment). Here's a link to In Practice.
Welcome to the blogosphere, Peter!
Posted by Dinah on Friday, April 04, 2008
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Thanks. I am a fan of Peter Kramer's books. It looks like his blog has the same sort of intelligent analysis.
Interestingly, Kramer was addressing the same issues raised in "The Ethics of Artificial Brain Enhancement" in "Listening to Prozac" nearly two decades ago.
Oooh, thanks. I'm going to have to email out the resident resource one to my program. Their link to Psychiatry Residents Blog is also useful for those of us with that nasty PRITE problem.
PS, Dinah, I admitted a little budding borderline the other night who overdosed in her therapist's office. Thought of you.
DK: hmmmm.....I guess think of the fictional TV show character Sophie. I'm trying to live out a career without anyone attempting suicide in my office, if that's okay.
Well, yeah, that's what I meant...actually, mostly what I was thinking of was your commentary on that whole plotline...
I think that's a very reasonable career goal! Here's hoping.
I built behavenet.com to be what I wish I had when I was a resident: DSM criteria, thousands of definitions, therapeutic as well as recreational drugs, law, ad infinitum.
After 6 months of offering stem cell therapy in combination with the venous angioplasty liberation procedure, patients of CCSVI Clinic have reported excellent health outcomes. Ms. Kasma Gianopoulos of Athens Greece, who was diagnosed with the Relapsing/Remitting form of MS in 1997 called the combination of treatments a “cure”. “I feel I am completely cured” says Ms. Gianopoulos, “my symptoms have disappeared and I have a recovery of many functions, notably my balance and my muscle strength is all coming (back). Even after six months, I feel like there are good changes happening almost every day. Before, my biggest fear was that the changes wouldn’t (hold). I don’t even worry about having a relapse anymore. I’m looking forward to a normal life with my family. I think I would call that a miracle.”
Other recent MS patients who have had Autologous Stem Cell Transplantation (ASCT), or stem cell therapy have posted videos and comments on YouTube. www.youtube.com/watch?v=jFQr2eqm3Cg.
Dr. Avneesh Gupte, the Neurosurgeon at Noble Hospital performing the procedure has been encouraged by results in Cerebral Palsy patients as well. “We are fortunate to be able to offer the treatment because not every hospital is able to perform these types of transplants. You must have the specialized medical equipment and specially trained doctors and nurses”. With regard to MS patients, “We are cautious, but nevertheless excited by what patients are telling us. Suffice to say that the few patients who have had the therapy through us are noticing recovery of neuro deficits beyond what the venous angioplasty only should account for”.
Dr. Unmesh of Noble continues: “These are early days and certainly all evidence that the combination of liberation and stem cell therapies working together at this point is anecdotal. However I am not aware of other medical facilities in the world that offer the synthesis of both to MS patients on an approved basis and it is indeed a rare opportunity for MS patients to take advantage of a treatment that is quite possibly unique in the world”.
Autologous stem cell transplantation is a procedure by which blood-forming stem cells are removed, and later injected back into the patient. All stem cells are taken from the patient themselves and cultured for later injection. In the case of a bone marrow transplant, the HSC are typically removed from the Pelvis through a large needle that can reach into the bone. The technique is referred to as a bone marrow harvest and is performed under a general anesthesia. The incidence of patients experiencing rejection is rare due to the donor and recipient being the same individual.This remains the only approved method of the SCT therapy.
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