..of good stuff from around the Web:
1) Here is a summary of a pending study about to begin at the University of North Carolina that will examine the effectiveness of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) in the treatment of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), by providing the treatment to both the person with OCD, as well as their partner. The idea behind the study is that a partner who is well versed in what the client is attempting to accomplish through the use of CBT can help their partner use the skills they learn in therapy more effectively. Many courses of treatment will eventually involve the presence of the client's partner, but obviously that is informal, rather than part of a structured plan. It'll be interesting to see the results...
2) This is an article that discusses the importance of parental guidance and supervision when it comes to kids on the playground. The researchers recognize the need for kids to fail, but within reason, which generally requires limits to be set by adults. The article also discusses innovations in the types of play being promoted by modern playground designs. This stuff always brings a smile to my face, having grown up as a young child in the Greenpoint section of Brooklyn, NY. In my day, you didn't just worry about the risks associated with the types of activities on the playground ("Mommy, I'll be playing over on the chainsaw slide"), but also by the assortment of various fluids, garbage, etc., that could be found strewn about on almost any part of the park, left there by the "Evening Denizens." Fun times!!!
3) From the "It took them five years to discover what I could have told them in five seconds" Department: Researchers have discovered that elusive link between the cold and the ear infection. Do any of these people have kids???
4) Terry Pratchett, a very popular fantasy and science-fiction author, recently donated 500,000 pounds to Alzheimer's research in the UK. He was recently diagnosed with early onset dementia himself, and the article notes his public support and discussion of his illness is bringing the condition out from behind a veil of secrecy.
5) PsyBlog has a great post on why psychology is much more than just common sense - definitely worth a read!
I've got some more stuff to link to, which I will do with some more round-ups over the next few days. In the meantime, I need to get some sleep!