A new report highlights the potential benefits and pitfalls of online communication and social media relationships. Medscape Medical News

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Director’s Blog Meredith, a 15-year-old high school student from San Diego, wrote this year’s breakthrough paper on modeling global epidemics. An 11-year-old boy from upstate New York solved a problem in protein folding using a computer game called Foldit.

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Director’s Blog Last week a short piece in the British medical journal, The Lancet, described an “identity crisis” in psychiatry. In the U.K., the number of medical students choosing psychiatry has dropped more than 50 percent since 2009 and over the past decade the number of psychiatrists has dropped by 26 percent while the number of physicians overall has increased more than 31 percent. Ninety-five percent of posts for junior physicians across all specialties are generally filled; but psychiatry posts, as of last summer, were running more than one third unfilled.

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The anesthetic ketamine is a novel, fast-acting and effective agent for treatment-resistant depression, but researchers caution the drug is still “not ready for prime time.” Medscape Medical News

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Psychiatric inpatients are at extreme risk for suicide within 2 weeks of being discharged from hospitalization, but high-quality aftercare may be protective, new research suggests. Medscape Medical News

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High-intensity sunlight appears to be associated with a lower prevalence of ADHD, new research shows. Medscape Medical News

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Director’s Blog The physicist and mathematician Freeman Dyson once noted, “New directions in science are launched by new tools much more often than by new concepts.” 1 This week marks the publication of a new tool that may alter the way we look at the brain. Karl Deisseroth and his colleagues at Stanford University have developed a method they call CLARITY. Yes, CLARITY is an acronym, for Clear Lipid-exchanged Anatomically Rigid Imaging/immunostaining-compatible Tissue hYdrogel.

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More control over their schedules and fewer hassles with third-party payers may explain why psychiatrists suffer less from burnout than most other physicians. Medscape Medical News

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Director’s Blog In February 2009, a recently inaugurated President Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) to invest $787 billion to create jobs, spur the economy, and foster transparency in government spending. About $10 billion of these funds were allocated to NIH for spending in 2009 and 2010. After several years of budgets not keeping up with inflation, NIH welcomed these funds as a chance for the biomedical research community to be part of the ARRA mission.

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Depressive symptoms attenuate the anti-inflammatory effects of physical activity and light to moderate alcohol consumption, a new study suggests. Medscape Medical News

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