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2012-02-15 23:05:00

As the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders is revised for the first time since 1994, controversy about psychiatric diagnosis is reaching a fever pitch. Suggested changes to the definitions of autism spectrum disorders and depression, among others, are eliciting great concerns. However, there are larger concerns about the DSM as a whole. “Almost no one likes the DSM, but no one knows what to do about it,” said University of Michigan psychiatrist Randolph...

2010-01-11 13:12:07

Scientists call for integrating evolutionary perspectives into medical curricula The subtle but ongoing pressures of human evolution could explain the seeming rise of disorders such as autism, autoimmune diseases, and reproductive cancers, researchers write in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Certain adaptations that once benefited humans may now be helping such ailments persist in spite of "“ or perhaps because of "“ advancements in modern culture and...

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2009-10-20 05:50:00

Scientists at the first-ever World Health Summit in Berlin focused around the topic of Darwinian medicine. Also known as evolutionary medicine, Darwinian medicine involves research that uses the concepts put forth by Charles Darwin to make observations about human diseases. Randolph Nesse, an expert in Darwinian medicine from the University of Michigan, told AFP that the human body is "shaped by natural selection and has flaws in different pieces." He told the summit that these flaws make...

2008-07-18 06:00:22

Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/8cb5a3/evolution_in_healt) has announced the addition of the "Evolution in Health and Disease" report to their offering. A fully revised edition of a volume written by the worlds leading authorities on this subject. It discusses how the evolution of humans and their pathogens have generated important medical issues, covering both infectious and degenerative diseases. It presents important ideas that are not yet sufficiently...


Word of the Day
monteith
  • A large punch-bowl of the eighteenth century, usually of silver and with a movable rim, and decorated with flutings and a scalloped edge. It was also used for cooling and carrying wine-glasses.
  • A kind of cotton handkerchief having white spots on a colored ground, the spots being produced by a chemical which discharges the color.
This word is possibly named after Monteith (Monteigh), 'an eccentric 17th-century Scotsman who wore a cloak scalloped at the hem.'
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