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Romeo Vitelli
I'm a psychologist in private practice in Toronto and Hamilton. My first book, The Everything Guide To Overcoming PTSD, will be available this June.
Interests: fencing, websurfing, archaeology, travelling and a whole list of other things i can't recall at the moment., gay/lesbian/bisexal/transgender issues, political arguments
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A study published in The Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences presented a preliminary examination on cognitive reserve (CR) as a modifier of symptom expression in subjects with autopsy-confirmed chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). The sample included 25 former professional football... Continue reading
Posted 2 hours ago at Providentia
In India, they are known as "Gau Rashaks" (cow protectors) and their vigilante actions against India's Muslim and Dalit communities is spreading. Since many Hindus regard cows as sacred and laws banning the slaughter or import of cows for slaughter... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Providentia
Can a six-year-old boy be convicted of manslaughter? Though there have been countless cases of accidental deaths caused by children, whether through improper storage of a firearm or because of some other cause, the idea that a child under the... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Providentia
Should cannabis be made legal? And what impact would it have on the drug use of adolescents and young adults? Since the 1920s with the passage of the first laws banning the sale or possession of cannabis, similar laws have... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Providentia
A new study in the journal Addictive Behaviors presents a review of the literature regarding the prevalence of Internet Gaming Disorder (IGD) in any population, organized in a linear manner spanning the emergence of the earliest publications regarding gaming addiction... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Providentia
The soaring demand for exorcisms in France has created a new industry of private exorcists, most of whom have no real qualifications and charge exorbitant prices for the ritual. While the Catholic Church offers exorcisms for applicants deemed to be... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2017 at Providentia
How do rumours get started? Often appearing out of nowhere (or so it seems at times), rumours have a way of spreading rapidly. Whether spread by word-of-mouth or, more often these days, by social media, the most popular rumours have... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2017 at Providentia
“The broken heart. You think you will die, but you keep living, day after day after terrible day.” - Charles Dickens According to Center For Disease Control statistics, suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2017 at Providentia
Goal setting theory has been studied and adopted in a wide variety of domains including game design. While goals can help people regulate and change behavior, they are less motivating when people no longer believe they can meet their goals.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2017 at Providentia
When Randall Saito was reported missing from Hawaii State Hospital in Honolulu on November 12, news of his escape made national news. Having been acquitted by reason of insanity for a brutal 1979 murder, the 59-year-old Saito was declared by... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2017 at Providentia
Even though the 19th century had more than its share of hucksters offering miracle remedies for any disease you could name, Giovanni Succi's name definitely stood out. Instead of offering a cure for rheumatism, consumption, or "female troubles," what Succi... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2017 at Providentia
There is certainly is no disputing that children are putting in more media time than ever. Along with televisions, smartphones, texting, and video games, many children now have personal computers, digital music players, and the Internet to fill every waking... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2017 at Providentia
Since post-traumatic headache is one of the most prevalent and long-lasting post-concussion sequelae, causes significant morbidity, and might be associated with slower neurocognitive recovery, a new study in the Journal of Headache and Pain evaluated the use of concussion screening... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2017 at Providentia
A new research study suggests that elderly people dealing with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) may have an increased risk of developing Alzheimer's disease (AD). The study, which was recently published in the American Thoracic Society's American Journal of Respiratory and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2017 at Providentia
On June 7, 1888, newspapers across the midwestern United States carried an odd story. Titled, "Herman Harms Awakens At Last From His Long Slumber", the story described how Utica, Minnesota farmer was finally awake after a very long nap. How... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2017 at Providentia
What is the difference between a hero and a psychopath? Though they may seem like polar opposites, the difference may not be as great as you think. Many of the character traits linked to psychopathic behaviour, including brashness, fearlessness, and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2017 at Providentia
A new study published in the International Journal of Rehabilitation Research investigated the following free-text terms: commercial games, video games, exergames, serious gaming, rehabilitation games, PlayStation, Nintendo, Wii, Wii Fit, Xbox, and Kinect. The search was limited to peer-reviewed English... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2017 at Providentia
Following an investigation into the February 11 death of an inmate at the Oklahoma County jail, officials have officially banned a nurse from seeing any more inmates. Their reason: the nurse, 67-year-old Linda Herlong Jackson, reportedly began conducting an exorcism... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2017 at Providentia
It was a very unusual gift. When retired math teacher John Hildreth ran into a former pupil, Don Homuth, in Fargo, N.D. back in the 1970s, he was apparently inspired give him an old map he had inherited from his... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2017 at Providentia
A little learning is a dangerous thing;/Drink deep, or taste not the Pierian spring;/There shallow draughts intoxicate the brain, And drinking largely sobers us again. - Alexander Pope How dangerous is to be overconfident? While we may be impressed by... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2017 at Providentia
There is a long tradition in psychology of using psychoactive substances to explore altered states of consciousness. Back in the 19th century, William James experimented with amyl nitrate, chloral hydrate and peyote to learn about mystical experiences while Sigmund Freud... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2017 at Providentia
The 2016 presidential election was one of the most politically charged and volatile elections in recent history. The election also saw its first female candidate, Hillary Clinton, represent a major political party. Prior research is inconclusive on how biases can... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2017 at Providentia
When the mutilated body of Taz, a male domestic shorthair, was found by his own owner at her home in Potter's Bar, U.K., police quickly realized that it was the latest in a string of cat killings across southwest England.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2017 at Providentia
Clark Stanley, a.k.a. "the Rattlesnake King", always knew how to put on a good show. According to one news account describing his appearance in Hartford, Connecticut's city hall square on July 1, 1902, members of the audience got to watch... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2017 at Providentia
Although the relationship between childhood adversity (CA) and depression is widely accepted, there is little information on what proportion of depression is attributable to CA. A new research study published in the Journal of Affective Disorders used a Swedish cohort... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2017 at Providentia