Category Archives: Mental Health

Stodgy Johns Hopkins wants FDA to clear psilocybin mushrooms for depression. Here’s what you need to know (or recall) about the differences between magic shrooms and, say, LSD.

The News: Researchers from Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore) have recommended that psilocybin, the active compound in hallucinogenic mushrooms, be reclassified for medical use, potentially paving the way for the psychedelic… Read more »

Physician burnout taking center stage; what patients should know as burnout percentage soars.

The News: Nearly half of medical residents report burnout during their second year of residency, and 1 in 7 report regretting their career choice, according to a prospective study published online last… Read more »

Coffee drinkers stunned as new study suggests caffeine consumption worsens Alzheimer’s symptoms. Now what?

The News: Long-term consumption of caffeine would worsen the neuropsychiatric symptoms of people with Alzheimer’s disease, according to a study on mice, published in Frontiers in Pharmacology. So far, many studies… Read more »

Study finds working the graveyard shift can have more serious health consequences than previously thought. New data should support better compensation.

The News: Night-shift work may wreak havoc with blood-sugar levels, a new study asserts. Researchers analyzed data on more than 270,000 people in the United Kingdom and found that those… Read more »

Study says art courses turn med students into better doctors. Hey lawyers, listen up; engineers, maybe not.

The News: Students who took a course in art observation significantly improved clinical observation and professional development skills, researchers found. Interest in integrating the arts and humanities into medical education… Read more »

Physician burnout, suicide take a toll on everyone, and it’s getting worse. What’s the answer?

The News: Nearly two-thirds of US doctors feel burned out, depressed, or both–and those feelings affect how they relate to patients, according to a survey conducted by Medscape. “One in… Read more »

Boomer anti-aging alert: study says eating leafy greens daily makes you 11 years younger, cognitively.

The News: While cognitive abilities naturally decline with age, eating one serving of leafy green vegetables a day may aid in preserving memory and thinking skills as a person grows… Read more »

Dirty secret about physician burnout: it’s all too real, and patient safety at risk.

The News: The American College of Physicians (ACP) recently called for healthcare organizations and other stakeholders to address physician burnout and stress, among other measures, as a means to improve patient safety… Read more »