“Why Can’t We Escape The Stanford Prison Experiment?” AND more on Best 5 Tuesday Reads

Hello and welcome to another edition of Best 5 Reads. Today we will touch upon range of topics, from talking about Stanford Prison Experiment to depression in older people to Dr.Oz and his questionable medical advices. I hope you will enjoy them.

1) The Lifespan of a Lie

The Stanford Prison Experiment (SPE) is often used to teach the lesson that our behavior is profoundly affected by the social roles and situations in which we find ourselves. But its deeper, more disturbing implication is that we all have a wellspring of potential sadism lurking within us, waiting to be tapped by circumstance. It has been invoked to explain the massacre at My Lai during the Vietnam War, the Armenian genocide, and the horrors of the Holocaust. And the ultimate symbol of the agony that man helplessly inflicts on his brother is Korpi’s famous breakdown, set off after only 36 hours by the cruelty of his peers.

There’s just one problem: Korpi’s breakdown was a sham.

2) Depression in Older People Tends to Be More Severe

Depression in older people tends to be more severe, last longer and be less likely to remit than the same disease in younger people, a new study concludes. The reason remains unknown, but it is apparently unconnected to known risk factors like social isolation or the chronic diseases of old age.

In a study published in Lancet Psychiatry, Dutch researchers followed 1,042 people ages 18 to 88 with diagnoses of major depression. They tracked four indicators of disease over two years: the likelihood of still having the diagnosis at the end of the study, how persistent symptoms were over time, the likelihood of reaching remission and the degree of improvement in depression severity.

3) Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Doesn’t Improve Depression in Epilepsy

Investigators conducted a review of trials evaluating the efficacy of psychotherapy for depression and anxiety in individuals with epilepsy.

4) Drugmakers Vow to Donate Take-Home Naloxone While Prices for Drug Soar

Two pharmaceutical companies pledge to donate 30,000 doses of naloxone that patients can take home after discharge from residential treatment facilities, while lawmakers are demanding answers about massive price hikes.

The price for Narcan intranasal retails for $135, more than double its average price of a few years ago, and Kalȳo’s Evzio auto-injector retails for $4,500, more than 6.5 times its $690 average price tag in 2014.

5) Paging Dr Oz: Drop the Healthcare Horoscopes

Since his rise to fame on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Dr Mehmet Oz has spent his TV career hawking all kinds of questionable medical science.

I hope you enjoyed the articles. See you tomorrow for more articles!

Best Regards,

Vikram


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