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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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Previous studies have found a U‐shaped relationship between mortality and (weekday) sleep duration. A new study in the Journal of Sleep Research addresses the association of both weekday and weekend sleep duration with overall mortality. A cohort of 43,880 subjects... Continue reading
Posted 10 hours ago at Providentia
While seniors are often targeted by telemarketers and scam artists trying to defraud them, a new research study suggests that reduced awareness of being scammed may be an early sign of dementia. "When a con artist approaches an older person,... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Providentia
Long before Dan Brown and his DaVinci Code, the legend of Mary Magdalene was a strong part of early Church doctrine. Despite the lack of any scriptural basis, the tradition of Mary Magdalene as a reformed prostitute who found salvation... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Providentia
The publication of Charles Darwin's seminal masterwork On The Origin Of Species in 1859 marked a turning point in the understanding of how species form and change over time. It is doubtful that Darwin himself really anticipated the storm of... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Providentia
Older adults tend to underutilise mental health services. Mental health literacy plays a critical role in identifying and overcoming barriers to accessing mental health care. The ability to recognise mental illness is an essential component of mental health literacy, with... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Providentia
If all goes well, I'll be in Reykjavik by the time you read this and getting ready to return home. Hopefully, my return to Canada will be uneventful and my trip will have given me some new ideas about what... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2019 at Providentia
Isaac Merritt Singer was a giant of a man. Not only did his six-foot-four-inch height allow him to physically dominate any room he entered, but his seminal invention of the first home sewing machine made him an early icon for... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2019 at Providentia
Nobody thought he would be worth anything as a slave. Born on May 25, 1849, it was apparent from birth that Thomas was blind. His parents, Domingo Wiggins and Charity Greene, and his two brothers were purchased by James Bethune,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2019 at Providentia
A new paper in the journal Psychological Medicine synthesises the literature on machine learning (ML) and big data applications for mental health, highlighting current research and applications in practice. The authors used a scoping review methodology to rapidly map the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2019 at Providentia
I'll be away for a little while as I head to Stockholm to attend the 12th World Congress on Dementia and Alzheimer Rehabilitation. I'll be giving a talk there (my picture is up on the website and everything) and I'm... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2019 at Providentia
Rene Lancelin had no idea what he would find when he returned home on February 2, 1933. The retired solicitor had been waiting for his wife and daughter, Genevieve, to join him for dinner at his brother-in-law's house. Being concerned... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2019 at Providentia
Doctor John White Webster always wanted to be remembered. And he succeeded (if not quite the way he planned). Born into a prominent Boston family, he graduated from Harvard Medical College in 1815. As one of the founders of the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2019 at Providentia
A new study published in the journal Health Psychology examines the associations between incarceration history and chronic medical conditions in a nationally representative sample of U.S. adults and whether risk for chronic medical conditions differ by sex and race among... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2019 at Providentia
Being a spirit medium has always been a tough market to crack. No matter what tricks you used, standing out from the crowd meant coming up with something memorable enough to bring in paying customers. During the early part of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2019 at Providentia
A new study in the journal Emotion examined predictors of changes over time in subjective well-being (SWB) after the 2016 United States presidential election. Two indicators of SWB—general happiness and life satisfaction—were assessed three weeks before the election, the week... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2019 at Providentia
The deaths of three Macedonian infants since December, 2018 due to a measles epidemic has been blamed on anti-vax propaganda pushed by right-wing populists in that country. Over the past five years, measles vaccination rates in Macedonia have fallen sharply... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2019 at Providentia
Dr. Arthur Warren Waite had it all. Or so it seemed. Born in Grand Rapids, Michigan in 1887, he completed his training as a dentist and worked as a dentist at a work camp in South Africa for years before... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2019 at Providentia
Not everyone was thrilled when Senator John F. Kennedy defeated Richard Nixon in the 1960 U.S. Presidential election. Although the Camelot that the attractive young President-elect and his First Lady would launch still lay in the future, John F. Kennedy's... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2019 at Providentia
New developments in technology—from the printing press to television—have long facilitated our capacity for “absent presence,” enabling us to escape the limits of our immediate environment. Does being constantly connected to other people and activities through our smartphones diminish the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2019 at Providentia
“Telemedicine in psychiatry, using video conferencing, is a validated and effective practice of medicine that increases access to care,The American Psychiatric Association supports the use of telemedicine as a legitimate component of a mental health delivery system to the extent... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2019 at Providentia
Harvey Washington Wiley was a man with a mission. As Chief Chemist of the United States Department of Agriculture Division of Chemistry and one of the founders of the Association of Official Analytical Chemists, Wiley led a crusade against the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2019 at Providentia
It was in the autumn of 1572, following a rash of animal attacks in the woods near Dole, France, that the local peasants were authorized to seek out the werewolf assumed to be responsible. There were few actual sightings of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2019 at Providentia
Burnout has been defined as a job-induced syndrome combining emotional exhaustion, depersonalization/cynicism, and a sense of reduced personal accomplishment. An article recently published in the International Journal of Stress Management examined past analyses of burnout by reviewing key, yet overlooked,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2019 at Providentia
A three-judge panel rejected East Haven mother LeRoya Moore’s insanity defense and found her guilty Friday of two counts of murder for drugging and drowning her two youngest children in 2015. After hearing from psychiatric experts on both sides, the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2019 at Providentia
I remember a few years back attending a meeting and hearing sex therapist and media figure, Sue Johanson give a talk on sexuality. At one point, she had us in stitches by saying, “Surveys show that 97% of men reported... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2019 at Providentia