Listening a lost art, avoiding Lyme disease and GlaxoSmithKline has paid out 1 billion dollars for Paxil alone: Thursday news and blogs

Lyme disease can have severe psychiatric symptoms that get diagnosed as mental illness. It should be always be ruled out in psychiatry but is rarely even considered a possibility.

Need for protection against ticks that carry Lyme disease confirmed by new research — Science Daily

Research on the population of black-legged ticks, which can transmit Lyme disease from host animals to humans, reinforces that it is important to take preventative measures when spending time outdoors.

Listening is an art form that is pretty scarce it seems:

Les Back – The listeners | New Humanist

“You do not interest me. No man can say these words to another without committing a cruelty and offending against justice,” writes philosopher Simone Weil….

…The value of listening is to keep a bridge open in the present between the past and the future. The listener – as the society’s ear – establishes an ethical link to those who are not heard or who are ignored.

Perhaps someday the fines and payments will actually hurt these corporate giants. It’s unclear it is anything but a slap on the wrist. The payments are getting bigger though. — Ha! I wrote that last comment before I saw this news also at Bloomberg. Apparently second- quarter profit slumped 92 percent! For lots of coverage of GlaxoSmithKline and Paxil/Seroxat in particular visit Bob Fiddiman at Seroxat Sufferers.

Glaxo Said to Have Paid $1 Billion Over Paxil Suits – Bloomberg

GlaxoSmithKline Plc has agreed to pay more than $1 billion to resolve more than 800 cases alleging its Paxil antidepressant caused birth defects in some users’ children, according to people familiar with the settlements.

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