Sharon Begley

Why Are We OCD About Our Phones?

The following is an excerpt from the new bookCan't Just Stop: An Investigation of Compulsionsby Sharon Begley (Simon & Schuster, February 2017), available for purchase from Amazon and IndieBound.

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Psychiatry Group Tells Members They Can Defy 'Goldwater Rule' and Comment on Trump's Mental Health

A leading psychiatry group has told its members they should not feel bound by a longstanding rule against commenting publicly on the mental state of public figures - even the president. The statement, an email this month from the executive committee of the American Psychoanalytic Association to its 3,500 members, represents the first significant crack in…

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Experts Say Trump's Deteriorating Speech Could Be Sign of Early Dementia

It was the kind of utterance that makes professional transcribers question their career choice: " … there is no collusion between certainly myself and my campaign, but I can always speak for myself - and the Russians, zero." When President Trump offered that response to a question at a press conference last week, it was the…

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Does Access to Medical Marijuana Really Reduce Opioid Deaths?

Gut Check looks at health claims made by studies, newsmakers, or conventional wisdom. We ask: Should you believe this? The claim: When legal medical marijuana dispensaries start operating in a state, deaths from opioid overdoses in that state drop. Tell me more: In the United States, 25 states have legalized medical marijuana, including 19 that let…

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