Monthly Archives: January 2015

A short history of mental illness in art

From Hogarth to Van Gogh, art has challenged our understanding of mental illness. Jonathan Jones ‘Vincent’s eyes are crystal blue, his gaze acute and penetrating. He is neither “sane” nor “insane” but a fellow human being who speaks to us with courage and honesty.’ Self-portrait with Bandaged Ear, by Vincent van Gogh, 1889. Photograph: Peter […]

Meet 5 “Zombie” Parasites That Mind-Control Their Hosts

Hairworms turn crickets suicidal, wasps make spiders spin their last web, and more. Under manipulation by a parasitic wasp larva, a Leucauge argyra spider builds a special “cocoon web” that will house the larval wasp until it grows up. PHOTOGRAPH BY ANAND VARMA, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC Mary Bates for National Geographic PUBLISHED OCTOBER 31, 2014 Zombies […]

36 questions

Big Wedding or Small? By DANIEL JONESJAN. 9, 2015 In Mandy Len Catron’s Modern Love essay, “To Fall in Love With Anyone, Do This,” she refers to a study by the psychologist Arthur Aron (and others) that explores whether intimacy between two strangers can be accelerated by having them ask each other a specific series […]

To Fall in Love With Anyone, Do This

More than 20 years ago, the psychologist Arthur Aron succeeded in making two strangers fall in love in his laboratory. Last summer, I applied his technique in my own life, which is how I found myself standing on a bridge at midnight, staring into a man’s eyes for exactly four minutes. Let me explain. Earlier […]

Why Doctors Die Differently

Careers in medicine have taught them the limits of treatment and the need to plan for the end By KEN MURRAY February 25, 2012 Years ago, Charlie, a highly respected orthopedist and a mentor of mine, found a lump in his stomach. It was diagnosed as pancreatic cancer by one of the best surgeons in […]


Someone recently asked me to write on what I wish people knew about depression, in light of Robin William’s suicide. Here’s my response. I wish people knew that depression is complex, that it is a physiological condition with psychological and spiritual components, and therefore can’t be forced into any neat and tidy box, that healing […]

Doctor, Shut Up and Listen

HARRISBURG, Pa. — BETSY came to Dr. Martin for a second — or rather, a sixth — opinion. Over a year, she had seen five other physicians for a “rapid heartbeat” and “feeling stressed.” After extensive testing, she had finally been referred for psychological counseling for an anxiety disorder. The careful history Dr. Martin took […]

How Chronic Stress Creates Hormonal Havoc

by Mark Hyman, MD “If you really knew what was happening to you when you are stressed, you would freak out. It’s not pretty,” I said during the 2013 Third Metric women’s conference. I wasn’t kidding. I could write several books about stress’s massive, chronic havoc on your body. If you want to avoid stress, you’ve […]

controlled drugs

The Misuse of Drugs Regulations 2001 divide Controlled Drugs (CDs) into five schedules corresponding to their therapeutic usefulness and misuse potential. A number of changes affecting the prescribing, record keeping and destruction of CDs have been introduced as a result of amendments to the Misuse of Drugs Regulations 2001. The Controlled Drugs (Supervision of Management […]

drug laws

Although we think of some drugs being legal, and others being illegal, many drugs are somewhere in between. Some substances are legal, but there are laws restricting their use or sale. Others are illegal to use, possess or produce. New psychoactive substances (synthetics) – including synthetic cannabis A range of terms have been used to […]

Prescription Drug Charges

Prescription drug abuse is a high priority for local and federal law enforcement. Because prescription drug overdose is the leading cause  of accidental death in the United States, officials are taking prescription drug crimes more seriously now than ever. This means if you are caught with a prescription drug charge, you could be facing serious […]

The Criminal Justice and Public Order Act of 1994

a guide to the complexities of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act of 1994. This is a brief guide (courtesy of Freedom Network) to the CJA. A copy of the entire Act can be viewed online Sections 61 & 62: Trespassers on land Two or more persons trespassing on land ( not including public […]

Drugs and the Criminal Law

The number of people dealt with for drug offences in 1998 was 153,200 and of these, 127,840 were found guilty, cautioned, given a fiscal fine or dealt with by compounding for drug offences in 1998. Offences mainly involved cannabis (76%), followed by amphetamine (12%), heroin (9%) and cocaine (4%), with little change in the type […]