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Andrew Panero

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  • Comment on: Psychiatric drugs 'effective' in treating physical illness

    Andrew Panero's comment 1 February, 2012 12:10 pm

    Agree with above comment, title of the article suggests that they are using psych drugs for physical conditions. However when you follow the link and read the abstract it is about the effectiveness of psychiatric drugs versus the effectiveness of drugs for physical illnesses. It is a meta-analysis, so therefore they are comparing separate drug trials for different medicines used for treating different conditions- 'We included 94 meta-analyses (48 drugs in 20 medical diseases, 16 drugs in 8 psychiatric disorders). There were some general medical drugs with clearly higher effect sizes than the psychotropic agents, but the psychiatric drugs were not generally less efficacious than other drugs. '
    However even the researchers admit there is limited value in such a survey-'Any comparison of different outcomes in different diseases can only serve the purpose of a qualitative perspective. '


  • Comment on: Pay awards to be held at 1% for two years and AfC at risk

    Andrew Panero's comment 29 November, 2011 3:36 pm

    Terrible. Having endured a 5% wage cut as well as two more years of frozen wages. Followed by even more years of paltry wage increases. Do these people expect us to live on fresh air?

  • Comment on: Are the British a nation of Victor Meldrews?

    Andrew Panero's comment 6 December, 2010 11:20 am

    Just got to love that cat. Hitler was a dog person wasn't he?

  • Comment on: Ryanair toilet policy angers continence experts

    Andrew Panero's comment 14 July, 2010 1:46 pm

    I think the only solution to this is to get Stephen McNamara and the top management of Ryanair and put them on a long haul flight to Tasmania without any toilets. We can ask them how they feel when they come back.

  • Comment on: Antidepressants 'could be used to treat anxiety'

    Andrew Panero's comment 23 June, 2010 1:10 pm

    I'm not sure where the news is here as anti-depressants have been used to treat anxiety for years. I am not convinced by the methodology of showing someone a picture with a 'fearful face' either. What does 'reduced vigilance' mean? They weren't as bothered by the face the second time they saw it?

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