The Best Stuff We've Read All Week

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The Best Stuff We've Read This Week

Every week, Chuck and Josh read tons of articles. Here are links to the best of the bunch.

How PTSD Works

With Post-traumatic Stress Disorder the sufferer relives, over and over again, the worst moment of his life. What's worse is medicine still doesn't know how to treat it. Learn about this condition and how it's leading to an understanding of memory.

The death of Elizabeth Taylor got me to thinking that it's probably a good thing that Michael Jackson didn't live to see her die. Based on past interviews, I'm not sure that he would have handled it very well. At the least he would have sought more than usual comfort in propranolol, Michael's "milk" that got him so staggeringly annihilated every day. Anytime I think of the painkiller propranolol these days I'm reminded of a paper on its use as a treatment in post-traumatic stress disorder.

Epigenetics and PTSD: Nature and Nurture Working in Conjunction to Give you Flashbacks

It seems pretty sensible that the Columbia University epidemiologists conducting a recent study on biological markers of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder would travel to Detroit to find their sample population. Again, to quickly find 100 participants suffering from PTSD for their study, researchers from New York went to Detroit. After ferreting out the people who'd had experienced or witnessed a traumatic event, but didn't meet the six criteria for a PTSD diagnosis, the Columbia researchers took blood samples from 23 people they determined had PTSD. What they found is another mark in favor of epigenetics, a subbranch of genetics that's lending a lot of substantial credence to the nurture side of the nature vs. nurture debate.