BMJ article on Vladimir Putin’s weird walk- and why other Russian leaders walk the same way

BMJ article on Vladimir Putin’s weird walk- and why other Russian leaders walk the same way

Published by, “Moves Like Putin: Why do Russian leaders all have the same weird walk?” discusses an article published in The British Medical Journal, “Gunslinger’s gait”: a new cause of unilaterally reduced arm swing.”This article is in the annual holiday issue, which publishes playful articles about offbeat topics.  The authors discuss Vladimir Putin’s distinctive gait, with noticeable less arm-swinging on the right side, which has persisted for years.  They discuss the possibility that he is developing Parkinson’s disease, but have to discard this hypothesis because of amply video evidence from his physical activities, which demonstrates that his right arm

MN MDs on sleep hygiene to help with sleep disorders

The Sept. issue of Current Psychiatry has a brief, but informative, article by 3 Minnesota physicians about behavioral treatment for sleep problems.  “Sleep hygiene helps patients catch some ZZZs” provides some basic suggestions for behavioral interventions to help patients sleep better, and even though the article is written by MDs it is a good reminder to mental health therapist to:

Interesting – but controversial- article about possible conection between legalized pot and reduced obesity

Postings from are not intended to endorse, and are intended to inform.  The following message is intended to inform interested mental and chemical health professionals about an interesting article in the Washington Post. “Want to reduce obesity?  Legalize medical marijuana, researchers say,” was published on 12-7-15 , and describes some interesting, but – obviously- controversial research that  found some reduction in obesity when studying population health in states that have legalized pot.

Recent Research Finds That We Need to Attend to More Than Just the Duration of Sleep

The Wall Street Journal published “A Good Night’s Sleep Is Tied to Interruptions, Not Just Hours” on 12-1-15. This is a fairly long and detailed article that reviews recent research and also some general recommendations for sleep hygiene.  The study compared people who slept for the same during, but one group had interrupted sleep and the other was allowed “continuous” sleep, and that found that interrupted sleep can cause mood and focusing problems. These findings support an emerging body of research that finds that we need to attend to not just the duration of sleep but also the quality of