Ft. Hood Shooting: Let’s Not Blame the SSRIs, Okay?

Ft. Hood shooter Ivan Lopez

Before starting, my prayers go out to the victims in the Ft. Hood shooting, including the shooter himself, who appears to have been suffering from mental illness. Their families are dealing with an unbearable and senseless loss. May God hold them in His hands and comfort them. This post, however, is about something else. I [Read More...]

New Imaging Reveals Unexpected Order in the Brain

This detail from a DSI scan shows a fabric-like 3-D grid structure of connections in monkey brain. Credit: Van Wedeen, M.D., Martinos Center and Dept. of Radiology, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard University Medical School

National Institute of Mental Health Director Thomas R. Insel, M.D. calls the image above “a high resolution wiring diagram of our brains.” Well, sort of, but I won’t fault the guy for reaching for a bit of overstatement in order to produce a pithy soundbite, and what the team has accomplished is pretty dang amazing. [Read More...]


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