Blog Category: Diagnosis

David Kupfer, MD Responds to NIMH Criticism of DSM-5

David Kupfer, M.D, chair of APA’s DSM-5 Task Force responds to recent criticism of DSM-5 and its previous iterations by NIMH Director Thomas Insel, M.D. In a statement issued, Dr Kupfer emphasized that the diagnostic manual “provides clinicians with a …

National Institute on Mental Health Abandons DSM-5

Two weeks before DSM-5 goes on sale, Thomas Insel,  Director of the National Institute on Mental Health (NIMH) writes that the DSM lacks validity and that “patients with mental disorders deserve better”.

According to Dr Insel, “The goal of this …

IBM’s Watson Computer Lands A Healthcare Job

Last February, IBM’s Watson computer thrilled “Jeopardy” audiences in February by defeating two human champs in a three-day match. Watson now has a new job. IBM is partnering with WellPoint, a large health insurance plan provider with around 34 million …

New Imaging Test Gives Physicians A Tool to Diagnose Parkinson’s Disease

A new diagnostic imaging technique, gives physicians the first objective test to evaluate patients for Parkinsonian syndromes, such as Parkinson’s disease. Northwestern Memorial Hospital is among the first institutions in the country to offer DaTscan™, the only FDA-approved imaging …

FDA Proposes Mobile Medical Apps Guidance

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) describes that the use of mobile medical apps on smartphones and tablets is revolutionizing healthcare delivery and cited a projection that by 2015, 500 million smartphone users worldwide will be using a healthcare …

New Framework Proposed for DSM-5

According to a press release today from the The American Psychiatric Association (APA) a new organizational framework has been proposed for the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). This restructuring of the DSM’s chapters …