Study: Swiss healthcare is third best in the world

  Switzerland has the third best standard of healthcare in the world, according to new research.     The Healthcare Access and Quality Index (HAQ), published in the UK journal The Lancet on Thursday, studied the quality of healthcare in 195 countries by measuring mortality rates from causes that should not be fatal in the presence of effective medical care.…

A beginner’s guide to healthcare in Sweden

  Grattis on taking the plunge and deciding to move to Sweden! It won’t be long before you find yourself with a full-blown salty-liquorice habit and several daily fika alarms scheduled on your phone. But hold on just a moment! Before you start enjoying the finer things in Swedish life, you should read up on the country’s healthcare system so…

Trump’s Mental State: Dangerous Despite No Diagnosis?

Bandy X. Lee, MD, MDiv Disclosures December 21, 2017 I am the editor of The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump, and I would like to express my gratitude to Dr Jeffrey Lieberman for taking an ethical stand in his recent Medscape video. I greatly appreciate and largely agree with his thoughtful piece, as I can see that we share the belief that…

‘Magic Mushrooms’ Effective for Severe Depression

Batya Swift Yasgur, MA, LSW October 20, 2017   Psilocybin, the psychoactive compound in “magic mushrooms,” is a promising intervention for patients with treatment-resistant depression (TRD) and appears to offer a rapid, sustained effect, new research shows. Investigators led by David Nutt, MD, PhD, professor of neuropsychopharmacology, Imperial College, London, United Kingdom, collected pre- and posttreatment fMRI data on the use of…

The Family That Built an Empire of Pain

  The Sackler dynasty’s ruthless marketing of painkillers has generated billions of dollars—and millions of addicts. By Patrick Radden Keefe   The north wing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art is a vast, airy enclosure featuring a banked wall of glass and the Temple of Dendur, a sandstone monument that was constructed beside the Nile two millennia ago and transported to…

Los dinosaurios van a desaparecer

Acerca de cómo el líder y su obediente manada impiden el progreso del conocimiento. El nefasto efecto de las tribus en ciencia es consagrar la mediocridad del mundo   Por Daniel Flichtentrei para IntraMed   Cuando pensamos en el modo en el que el conocimiento se supera a lo largo del tiempo solemos creer que esa trayectoria es lineal, ascendente y…

El negocio multimillonario que hizo que vivir se convirtiera en una enfermedad

BBC Serie “Acuerdos multimillonarios y cómo cambiaron tu mundo” ¿Qué pasa si la manera en la que entendemos el mundo es errada? ¿Si no son ni los políticos ni los eventos los que moldean nuestras vidas, sino acuerdos comerciales hechos en secreto? Muchos aspectos trascendentales del mundo en que vivimos han sido cambiados por personas de las que nunca hemos oído…