Therapeutic benefits of writing

24 September 2004

Having blogged earlier this month about evidence that writing a diary might be bad for you, I’m happy to redress the balance. Not only does this article point out the […]

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Morphine occurs naturally in the brain

23 September 2004

A finding that may have important implications for the treatment of pain. Instead of using morphine, which is addictive, patients can be given a morphine precursor which causes the body […]

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Children create new language

17 September 2004

Is language acquistion an innate function of the brain? This is a favourite question among psychologists and boils down to: do humans have specific ‘circuitry’ built into their brains to […]

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New National Service Framework for children

16 September 2004

John Reid’s speech contains all the usual buzzwords: integrated approach, early assessment, child centred, needs led. But my favourite is: no extra money. Oh no, sorry, that isn’t the exact […]

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Study reports decline in mental health of teenagers

13 September 2004

“…the chances that 15-year-olds will have behavioural problems such as lying, stealing and being disobedient, have more than doubled. The rate of emotional problems such as anxiety and depression has […]

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Writing a diary is bad for you

10 September 2004

I hope it’s not true. Please don’t let it be true. My last friend in the world. I can’t tell my secrets to real people, they might judge me! > […]

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What causes more deaths than all wars and homocides?

8 September 2004

The sobering answer is suicide. This report from the World Health Organization argues that this human toll is largely avoidable. Whether this is true or not, there are certainly some […]

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