A legacy of scepticism

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Published online 30 May 2011 | Nature | doi:10.1038/news.2011.322

A legacy of scepticism

Edzard Ernst, the world's first professor of alternative medicine, is stepping down.

Daniel Cressey

Edzard ErnstGraham Trott

In 1993, Edzard Ernst became the first person to hold a chair in complementary medicine. As he prepares for his retirement as head of the Complementary Medicine unit at the Peninsula College of Medicine & Dentistry, part of the unive...

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For people with depression, support groups have built-in benefits

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For people with depression, support groups have built-in benefits

February 18th, 2011 in Medicine & Health / Psychology & Psychiatry

People who get together for support with depression may find their symptoms decrease, a new systematic review suggests.

“We’re not saying that peer support can do things for people with depression that other forms of therapy can’t, but we found that peer groups are better than no p...

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Therapy for depression can be delivered effectively by non-specialists

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Therapy for depression can be delivered effectively by non-specialists

February 16th, 2011 in Medicine & Health / Psychology & Psychiatry

Depression can be treated effectively with psychotherapy by mental health nurses with minimal training, according to new preliminary research findings.

The study, led by Durham University's Mental Health Research Centre, shows that patients with severe depression can be treated successfully wit...

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Marriage is good for physical and mental health

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Marriage is good for physical and mental health

January 27th, 2011 in Medicine & Health / Health

The 'smug marrieds' may have good reason to feel pleased with themselves as experts today confirm that long-term committed relationships are good for mental and physical health and this benefit increases over time.

In an editorial published by student BMJ, David and John Gallacher from Cardiff U...

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Study reveals 'secret ingredient' in religion that makes people happier

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Study reveals 'secret ingredient' in religion that makes people happier

December 7, 2010

While the positive correlation between religiosity and life satisfaction has long been known, a new study in the December issue of the American Sociological Review reveals religion's "secret ingredient" that makes people happier.

Our study offers compelling evidence that it is the social aspects of religion rather than theology or spirituality that leads to life satisfaction," said Chae...

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Post traumatic stress disorder: a new eye movement therapy

Posted by sun-cornwall on March 11, 2010 at 8:56 PM Comments comments (2)

 

From The Times

March 2, 2010

 

Post traumatic stress disorder: a new eye movement therapy (??? new???)

 

As a 20-year-old, a writer was beaten and left for dead in his home. After years of flashbacks, he found a therapy, based on eye movement, that made his memories bearable

 

Patrick Strudwick

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