Media madness

Articles to keep you busy from the last few days:

  • WebMDs Big LieIn order to provide quality web-based health content, you need money. The question is how you choose to make that money. WebMD, like many web sites, makes money from advertising, but it consistently goes several steps further, allowing its content to be transformed into one long stream of stealth advertising. — The incredibly successful company was just caught red-handed by Senator Chuck Grassley, who saw a WebMD television commercial encouraging viewers to log on to the site in order to take a depression screening test. When Grassley navigated over to the test, he found that it was funded by Eli Lilly—information that was apparently omitted from the TV commercial.
  • A new generation of rapid-acting antidepressants? — — Conventional antidepressant treatments generally require three to four weeks to become effective, thus the discovery of treatments with a more rapid onset is a major goal of biological psychiatry. The first drug found to produce rapid improvement in mood was the NMDA glutamate receptor antagonist, ketamine. INSANITY!! Ketamine is a club drug that is among other things, a hallucinogen and a horse tranquilizer. I guess we don’t have enough people losing it on SSRIs.

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