CFS/ME: Psychological Condition or Metabolic Dysfunction?

Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), also known as Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME), affects approximately 250,000 people in the UK (Coghlan, 2017). Women are 2-4 times more likely to be affected than men and prevalence ranges between 0.2% and 2.6% of the population. However, varying definitions and classifications of ME/CFS have impacted on reporting and diagnosis of the condition.… Read More

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Lacustrine Depressions: I Hear They Make An Excellent View!

“Did writing this book make other writing seem overly complex? It definitely made me notice more when I came across complicated words. I read a paper recently about surveying a moon from an orbiter and it said they detected a number of lacustrine depressions. I lloked it up and it means lake-like. So what they… Read More

CPR: Do You Use Your Hands or Feet?

Bob Trenkamp, a teacher of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and the President of the cardiac arrest and stroke charity Saving Lives, suggests that performing CPR with their hands may be too difficult for some people. He tells us that to compress the adult chest to the 2 inches (5cm) required to keep a heart pumping after… Read More

Pain, Music & Workouts

“…what gives music its power to induce euphoria? The brain’s natural opioids could be key.” Research by Robin Dunbar, University of Oxford, suggests that actively engaging with music (e.g. singing, dancing or drumming) will raise a person’s pain threshold more significantly than being passive (i.e. just listening). Tom Fritz and Daniel Bowling, of the Max… Read More

Prejudices, Stereotypes & Discrimination: Individual, Group & Social Foundations

I recently read an article by David Amodio (2015), a professor of psychology and neural science at New York University, in the New Scientist writing about prejudices which made for fascinating reading. Although the ‘case study’ material is not immediately relevant to the world of recruitment and training (white US police officers shooting black US… Read More

Diet, Reductionism & Desire

I thought these two replies by Rosemary Sharples and Jan Horton, writing in the New Scientist, about diet and weight loss were interesting and quite apt: Rosemary writes: Once again, scientists working on ways to make it easier for people to lose weight are concentrating entirely on appetite (20 June, p.14) as though this and… Read More

Learning Strategies: What Does Work?

I am an avid reader of the New Scientist and have a continuous thirst for learning new things. Last week the New Scientist combined the two with an article on learning strategies. Yesterday, I highlighted some of the “most common methods to boost learning [which] are surprisingly useless”, as noted by the New Scientist (2015,… Read More