Kurt Eichenwald’s Memoir of a ‘Mind Unraveled’

He was 18 when he experienced his first grand mal seizure (as it was then called) as a senior in high school, noting that nothing in his “fortunate childhood” growing up in Dallas as the youngest of three siblings prepared him for it or the struggles that would follow. Eichenwald’s father was a “world-renowned specialist […]

Crackdown on painkillers amid addiction fears

Image copyright Xesai Two painkillers are to be reclassified as class C controlled substances amid concerns people are becoming addicted to them and misusing them. The drugs – pregabalin and gabapentin – are also used for epilepsy and anxiety. The move, announced by the Home Office, means it will now be illegal to posses the […]

Should You Have Knee Replacement Surgery?

Now a growing number of experts are asking if all these operations are really necessary, especially those done at younger ages. Are all prospective patients giving lesser remedies a fair trial? How many knee replacements result from unrealistic patient expectations or the subtle influence of monetary gain among surgeons who perform them? One recent study […]

Helping Pediatricians Care for Transgender Children

Growing up gender-diverse means children and adolescents are much more likely to be bullied and excluded, and they are at high risk for depression, suicidal thoughts and suicide. “The statistics are pretty stark,” Dr. Breuner said, “triple the rate of suicide, five times the risk of suicidal ideation, bullying, teasing, abuse. It’s just horrific.” “The […]

Dance lessons for the lonely – on the NHS

Image copyright Getty Images GPs in England are being given permission to prescribe patients “social” activities, such as dance classes, to tackle loneliness. The strategy, announced by Prime Minister Theresa May, will also see postal delivery workers checking in on isolated people during their rounds. The government says about 200,000 older people have not had […]