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John Pienta, Aline Sandouk, and Kaci McCleary (Ethan Forsgren joined in later) debate the merits of Iowa’s recently defeated measure that would have allowed PhD psychologists to prescribe psych meds.  Would they be able to deal with co-morbidities? Would an education course be enough to cope with the complexities of psychiatric medications?  Do psych meds function at a level so fundamental to the operation of the human brain that allowing people without a certain basic level of psychiatric education would be too dangerous, or are prescribing algorithms enough?

Then, a Canadian researcher comes up with a topical cream that eats tattoos.  Fun science fact: people can only see about 30 shades of grey, which leads to a discussion of one man’s job to cull porn from a social networking site, Amazon’s Mechanical Turk service, and vigilantism.   Exploding Head Syndrome and Alien Hand Syndrome are explored.   News shows try, as they do, to create a trend out of nothing, in this case about bodybuilders using breast milk as a supplement. Science discovers a bit of DNA that leads to bigger brains.

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