Exercise, Mental Health, and Big Data

Recently, a large cross-sectional study that investigated the relationship between exercise frequency and mental health was published in The Lancet Psychiatry and also happened to set Twitter on fire. I want to discuss the good and the not so good. First, some good! Some Good The study, which included 1,237,194 adults from the US, found a significant relationship between physical exercise and self-reported mental health burden. Here’s what the authors reported, Read More

The Story of Antidepressants and Bad Journalism

Setting the Narrative Nearly a decade ago, a researcher by the name of Irving Kirsch conducted one of the most extensive studies on antidepressants. He compiled the published clinical trial data on antidepressants, and to make sure that he wasn’t analyzing data that only supported antidepressant effectiveness, he also invoked the Freedom of Information Act and dug up all the unpublished pharmaceutical data. Before starting this ambitious project, Kirsch, a medical researcher at Harvard, was the man who spearheaded most of the research behind the placebo effect. Read More