Top 5 Neuron Culture hits from January – plus Neil Young

PTSD, pharma, adjuvants, bad movies — these are a few of my favorite things, and readers’ too.
What’s Neil doing here? He wasn’t on Neuron Culture; I posted his clip on my catch-all, David Dobbs’s Somatic Marker, because I love him. So he comes first. From 1986. Looks as if he’s having a particularly good time here.

Neuron Culture’s Top Five from Jan 2010
NEJM study finds post-event morphine cuts combat PTSD rates in half

“This is a pretty big deal if it holds up in future trials. One caveat I’ve not had time to check out is whether the morphine was often applied as part of an more robust medical response in general, which itself might reduce later PTSD symptoms. I hope the DOD soon follows up with another, larger study, for as Ben Carey notes, the has some substantial implications if indeed it holds up.”

Avatar smackdown!

I talk movie smack down to my buddy Jonah Lehrer. He hasn’t spoken to me since. I think he’s just busy selling way more books than I am.

The Weird History of Vaccine Adjuvants

This originally ran in October 2009 and topped the charts then. It got a boost this month when the editors of the sciblog anthology OpenLab 2009 selected it as one of the 50 winning entries.

Danny Carlat on the big new antidepressants-don’t-work study

Shortest post ever to make the top hits list. Carlat offers some caveats on the big JAMA study. I tossed up an excerpt and a link hoping I’d find time to lodge my own take soon. Still waiting for that time — though I did make a little time to comment on the next take on that study, which was

Why do antidepressants work only for the deeply depressed? A neuroskeptical look.

In which Neuroskeptic carves a delicious historical arc.

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