Name Our New Mascot!

Well, now we've got another Psychiatry Consult Mascot and we have to come up with a name. He's a bulldog. I've already had to take him for a walk like I used to do with former mascots. Traditionally we choose a name by poll.   I think he'll get along OK with the other mascots.

New Mindfulness Programs: A Letter from Bev

An open, “beginner’s” mind allows us to be receptive to new possibilities and prevents us from getting stuck in the rut of our own expertise, which often thinks it knows more than it does. ~Jon Kabat-Zinn in Full Catastrophe Living Greetings, I hope the moments that you read this message provide a pause in what … Continue reading New Mindfulness Programs: A Letter from Bev

Point And Counterpoint on Health Care Reform?

I'm running around on the Psychiatry Consultation Service and barely have time to think about anything else. However, my wife saved a recent New Yorker viewpoint article to our computer for me to read, On Health Care, We'll Have What Congress Is Having, by Jeffrey Frank, published on February 17, 2017 in the on line Daily … Continue reading Point And Counterpoint on Health Care Reform?

What Do Chocolate Chips and Compeer of Johnson County Have In Common?

Yesterday morning I was standing around in the hall waiting to get into the Employee Health Clinic when Margalea Warner passed by, said hello and had just about moved on when she turned to me and asked if I ever listened to Iowa Public Radio. I said I did, and she told me she was … Continue reading What Do Chocolate Chips and Compeer of Johnson County Have In Common?

International Childhood Cancer Day February 15, 2017: A Letter From Luisella

I got a message from Luisella Magnani yesterday about International Childhood Cancer Day, which happens to be today.  Luisella wants to share her message. Many thanks. Let's reflect and act:

Making A Decision On Health Care Reform: It’s Not Easy

Remember that post I wrote about health care reform, including my day long web research? None of that was easy. Well, I had a question about comparing the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHBP) to H.R 676. I asked the Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP) about it. They debunked the FEHBP. At least … Continue reading Making A Decision On Health Care Reform: It’s Not Easy

CPCP: Antidepressants in Pregnancy by Dr. Laura Gibbons MD

This week's Clinical Problems in Consultation Psychiatry (CPCP) is about antidepressants in pregnancy. It's an excellent summary of the cutting edge in research on this often confusing issue. Are they safe or not? As we listened to Dr. Laura Gibbons' presentation, the answer is not clearly "yes" or "no" but "it depends." It depends on … Continue reading CPCP: Antidepressants in Pregnancy by Dr. Laura Gibbons MD