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In the United States, approximately 80% of the long-term care received by older Americans is provided by informal caregivers, generally family members, constituting an estimated value of $470 billion in 2013.

The 2011 U.K. Census showed that out of a population of 63.2 million people, 6.5 million functioned as caregivers.
 

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Just read that the very nice OCD expert I once saw years ago for an evaluation was a co-founder of the International OCD Foundation:

Wayne Goodman is an American psychiatrist and researcher who specializes in Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). He is the principal developer, along with his colleagues, of the Yale-Brown Obsessive Compulsive Scale (Y-BOCS), which is considered to be the gold standard for assessing OCD...

Goodman was one of the first investigators to test and establish the efficacy of Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs) in OCD and show their comparative advantage over other antidepressant medications.[12] He also developed the use of adjunctive antipsychotic medications in SSRI-resistant OCD and found that patients with comorbid tic disorders are most likely to respond to this combination...

In 1986, Goodman co-founded the nonprofit OCD Foundation (now named the International OCD Foundation)...
 
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"Most of Descartes's basic anatomical and physiological assumptions were totally mistaken, not only by modern standards, but also in light of what was already known in his time."
 

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Brain structure is more important than brain size, and human brains with their highly folded and complicated cortex can do things no other brains can...

The ratio of brain weight to body weight is about 1:5000 for fish, 1:220 for birds and 1:180 for mammals, with the most intelligent species generally having the highest ratio. For example magpies and crows have a higher ratio than most birds, and social mammals such as chimpanzees and dolphins have a higher ratio than other mammals. The human ratio is highest at about 1:50.
 

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Another fun fact for future, post-COVID parties :D




Total​
Number of combinations​
Probability​
2​
1​
2.78%​
3​
2​
5.56%​
4​
3​
8.33%​
5​
4​
11.11%​
6​
5​
13.89%​
7​
6​
16.67%​
8​
5​
13.89%​
9​
4​
11.11%​
10​
3​
8.33%​
11​
2​
5.56%​
12​
1​
2.78%​
Total​
36​
100​
 

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Not unlike Freud, Jaspers studied patients in detail, giving biographical information about the patients as well as notes on how the patients themselves felt about their symptoms. This has become known as the biographical method and now forms a mainstay of psychiatric and above all psychotherapeutic practice.

Jaspers set down his views on mental illness in a book which he published in 1913, General Psychopathology.[1] This work has become a classic in the psychiatric literature and many modern diagnostic criteria stem from ideas found within it. One of Jaspers' central tenets was that psychiatrists should diagnose symptoms of mental illness (particularly of psychosis) by their form rather than by their content. For example, in diagnosing a hallucination, it is more important to note that a person experiences visual phenomena when no sensory stimuli account for them, than to note what the patient sees. What the patient sees is the "content", but the discrepancy between visual perception and objective reality is the "form".
 
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Another paper with an interesting title:

Visualizing cat GPS data: a study of user requirements


Current GPS devices and the supporting interfaces and visualizations are usually created with a focus on dog owners. To acquire more insight into the needs of cat owners in relation to GPS devices for domestic cats, an iterative prototype-based study was conducted...

The most important requirements for a cat owner-centered GPS visualization were being able to request the live location and being alerted if the cat might be in trouble.
 
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In trivia since the studies about tai chi are so small:


“In a study of 23 U.S. women with mild to moderate cognitive impairment a year or more after chemotherapy, taking a 60-minute Tai Chi class twice a week for 10 weeks resulted in improved immediate memory, delayed memory, verbal fluency, attention and executive function.”



In any case, one day I may become a moonlighting tai chi instructor for assisted living communities :)
 
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A sounding board, also known as a tester and abat-voix, is a structure placed above and sometimes also behind a pulpit or other speaking platforms that helps to project the sound of the speaker. It is usually made of wood...

Sounding board may also be used figuratively to describe a person who listens to a speech or proposal in order that the speaker may rehearse or explore the proposition more fully.[2] The term is also used inter-personally to describe one person listening to another, and especially to their ideas. When a person listens and responds with comments, they provide a perspective that otherwise would not be available through introspection or thought alone.
 
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