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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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Over 100 years ago Lombroso [(1876/2006). Criminal man. Durham: Duke University Press] proposed a biological basis for criminality. Based on inspection of criminals’ skulls he theorized that an imbalance of the cerebral hemispheres was amongst 18 distinguishing features of the... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Providentia
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"For the life of the flesh is in the blood." Leviticus 17:11 (KJV) Human beings have always had a fascination with blood. For as long as we've had medical practitioners, shamans, and spiritual healers. they have attached a powerful significance... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Providentia
Why is it so hard to lose weight? Anyone who has every seen the reality show, The Biggest Loser, knows that it offers a cash prize to the contestant who manages to lose the highest percentage of weight over the... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Providentia
With the growing popularity of Facebook for social interaction and information exchange, researchers are starting to examine its “dark side”, notably Facebook addiction. Previous research finds low self-esteem is a key risk factor of maladaptive Facebook use. Building on this... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2018 at Providentia
en former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor recently announced that she had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, she became the public face of a growing health crisis that we are still poorly prepared to handle. While the 88-year-old O'Connor... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2018 at Providentia
For Mark Farrant, the struggle began after he served as jury foreman for a 2014 murder trial. During the course of that trial, Farrant and his fellow-jurors were subjected to often-graphic testimony describing how the defendant killed his girlfriend by... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2018 at Providentia
Chronic pain patients often complain of their “poor memory” and numerous studies objectively confirmed such difficulties in reporting working memory (WM) and long-term memory (LTM) dysfunctions. A new study published in the journal Progress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry provides... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2018 at Providentia
Though the phrase "nice guys finish last" has long been attributed to baseball player and manager Leo Durocher, there's no real evidence that he ever actually said it. Still, whatever the origin, the saying has taken on a life of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2018 at Providentia
A psychiatrist has testified that man who killed six people and injured dozens of others by driving through pedestrians on a Melbourne street should be found not fit to stand trial. According to Dr. Lester Watson, 28-year-old James 'Dimitrious' Gargasoulas... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2018 at Providentia
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“The boundaries which divide Life from Death are at best shadowy and vague. Who shall say where the one ends, and where the other begins?” Edgar Allan Poe, The Premature Burial From a Philadelphia paper dated October 3, 1828: "One... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2018 at Providentia
Recent meta-analyses on the relationship between prenatal testosterone—measured by the 2D:4D digit ratio—and aggression and analogous traits have reported an overall weak association. Fewer studies, however, have focused specifically on violent behavior. Yet, many of these studies have relied on... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2018 at Providentia
A new Facebook messenger chatbot has been developed by a women's group in the Philippines to help victims of sexual assault and harassment. According to a 2013 government survey, over 10,000 women aged 15 to 49 have been victims of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2018 at Providentia
The killings began in February, 1998 in the Indonesian town of Banyuwangi. Located at the easternmost end of the island of Java, the town was long-known as a centre for "black magic" in Indonesia where many residents openly practiced an... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2018 at Providentia
Millions of children are affected by disasters every year. Children need not be passive victims, however, but instead may contribute to disaster risk reduction activities. A new paper published in the European Journal of Psychotraumatology provides a theoretical foundation for... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2018 at Providentia
Letters written by an Allentown, Pennsylvania man show that he was responsible for the car bombing that killed him along with his two-year-old son and a family friend. Dead in the explosion on September 29 of this year are 26-year-old... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2018 at Providentia
Where were you when you heard about the terrorist attacks that took place on September 11, 2001? Though everyone has a different story to tell, we were all traumatized as we watched the events of that day unfold on television.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2018 at Providentia
Delirium (acute confusion) is a serious, common health condition, and it predicts poor outcomes, including greater rates of mortality, institutionalization, prolonged hospitalization, and cognitive impairment. Expedient diagnosis and management are critical to address modifiable delirium causes and improve both quality... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2018 at Providentia
Staff had no idea anything was wrong when George Lyons, an 88-year-old pensioner collected his 85-year-old wife Betty from the care home where she had been living. Betty, a retired librarian, had been suffering from dementia for years and her... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2018 at Providentia
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When Lawrence Joseph Bader disappeared on a solo fishing trip on Lake Erie on May 15, 1957, the Coast Guard and Bader's own family feared the worst. The 30-year-old Bader, an appliance salesman who had lived in Akron, Ohio, all... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2018 at Providentia
Historiographies on the phenomenon of “autism” display Leo Kanner and Hans Asperger as the great pioneers. The recent controversy on who was first in “discovering” autism urges research into the question of how scientific discoveries relate to processes of academic... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2018 at Providentia
With the rising number of dementia cases worldwide, it is becoming more essential than ever that new cases be detected as early as possible. Still, given the difficulty of distinguishing early signs of dementia from the natural forgetting that all... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2018 at Providentia
In recent years, health statistics have consistently shown that Black Americans are far more prone to wide range of medical problems than most other ethnic groups. Not only do they have a 30 percent greater risk of dying from cardiovascular... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2018 at Providentia
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It must have seemed like a good idea at the time.... When 25-year-old Charles Hinkley was picked up by Miami police in early 1947 for renting an automobile using a bad cheque, it was just the latest in a long... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2018 at Providentia
A study recently published in the journal Personality and Individual Differences examined the relationships between loneliness, interpersonal motives for Internet use, online communication, and friendships on Social Networking Sites (SNS) in emerging adults. Participants were 1st-year university students (N =... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2018 at Providentia
Police in the Indian state of Odisha have arrested a 42-year-old man following the brutal ax murder of a couple on September 8 of this year. The victims were 52-year-old Puna Hembram and his 50-year-old wife Singha who lived alone... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2018 at Providentia