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Data: real or reified?

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Data are perceived by some as a kind of currency, a source of boundless knowledge, with the potential to prevent suffering and death. However, taking a closer look at the etymology of the word prompts careful reconsideration of our assumptions about – and uses of – data in the context of psychiatry.

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Microbes and mates

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Microbiome research has not yet reshaped our conceptions of mental health etiology and treatment (see my previous article), but it should be causing havoc in the social sciences – particularly for anthropologists, who have long sought to understand cross-cultural conceptions of the ‘individual’ and ‘relatedness’.

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Microbes and minds

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 It might surprise you that your body is made up of only 10% human cells. There are trillions of microscopic creatures living and dying all over you, and these are particularly diverse and numerous in the human gut. Mounting evidence suggests that microbes aren’t all enemies but are vital to…

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Refugees and Mental Health – part 2

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Every year millions of children are faced with the severe consequences associated with war and displacement. The traumatising effects of witnessing scenes of graphic violence as a young child are difficult to overestimate and even harder to reverse. In the face of such extreme adversity, it is important to understand…

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Refugees and Mental Health – part 1

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The idyllic Greek Island of Lesvos accommodated an influx of nearly half a million refugees fleeing civil war and persecution in Syria, Afghanistan and elsewhere in 2015. Most travelled on, and far fewer refugees have been arriving since the EU-Turkey deal in March 2016. But 61,000 are still in Greece…

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