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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...

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2010-01-26 09:11:03

Special issue explores how evolution can help doctors understand and treat disease What does evolution "“ a field that often deals with changes over many generations "“ have to do with preventing and treating disease in our lifetime? A lot, some scientists say. If recent recommendations are implemented, future physicians may soon be tested on evolution in medical entrance and licensing exams, says an international group of doctors and researchers. A collection of articles in the...

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...


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