Thursday, October 25, 2007

What drives the news?

I’m stuck today. I have absolutely no idea what to write about. There wasn’t much interesting news to pick; I just wrote about pot yesterday, I’ve already written about sleep problems and sleeping pills, and I've also written about my opinion on the flu shot.

If there’s one thing I’ve noticed it’s that much of the news, many of the studies are about the same things. We keep reading about the same illnesses, the same disorders, and the same problems. But there are so many other issues that need to be addressed. I wrote about the big problem of suicide, for example. Thousands of people are dying from the results of mental illness, but you don’t read much about that. What drives the decisions about what to research? What pushes the researchers to devote their time and effort into each specific problem?

(PS, am I the only one irritated by the headline: US FDA OKs nasal spray flu shot for very young? Is it an injection or an inhalant? Obviously, they're not *injecting* the vaccine!!)

News for Today - Slim pickings!

Smoking pot can have antidepressant effect at low doses: study
U.S. FDA OKs nasal spray flu shot for very young
Daylight savings time disrupts humans' natural circadian rhythm
Procedure helps to eliminate sleep apnea

3 comments:

Terrie Farley Moran said...

Hi Marijke,

I just stepped over to your palliative care site and find it all very interesting. I think it is wonderful to learn about this before I need it. It will not seem so strange a concept when the time comes.

Terrie

Manic Mom said...

Found you from Allison!

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