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Safe Steps for Seniors to Stop Stumbles

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May is National Trauma Awareness Month, and this year the American Trauma Society is raising awareness about senior safety and falls with “Safe Steps for Seniors.” The Stony Brook Trauma Center is taking steps to shed light on the matter to help prevent serious injuries from occurring.

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Former Paralyzed Teen Returns to Loyola for Health, Hope and Heroes 5K

Hayden Schaumburg suffered paralysis during a high school football game. After a 10-hour surgery and 47 days at Loyola University Medical Center, he was breathing on his own and able to continue rehabilitation. He returns to Loyola to help raise money for the pediatrics program this June.

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Ultrasound Headset May Be New Way to Recognize Concussion on the Sidelines

Mapping blood flow in the brain of athletes using an advanced form of ultrasound may make it easier to more accurately recognize concussions, according to a study released today that will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology’s 68th Annual Meeting in Vancouver, Canada, April 15 to 21, 2016.

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Early Treatment for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Accelerates Recovery -- but Does Not Sustain It

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The majority of people with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) recover after early treatment -- but a substantial number still suffer for years after a traumatic event even with early clinical interventions, according to a study publishing online April 12 in The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry.

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Study: More than 40 Percent of Retired NFL Players Had Brain Injury

More than 40 percent of retired National Football League (NFL) players in a recent study had signs of traumatic brain injury based on sensitive MRI scans called diffusion tensor imaging, according to a study released today that will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology’s 68th Annual Meeting in Vancouver, Canada, April 15 to 21, 2016.

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Blueberries May Offer Benefits for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

In a series of studies conducted in rats, researchers have found that eating blueberries could help to reduce the genetic and biochemical drivers behind depression and suicidal tendencies associated with PTSD.

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Brain Changes Seen in Veterans with PTSD After Mindfulness Training

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Like an endlessly repeating video loop, horrible memories plague people with post-traumatic stress disorder. But a new study in veterans shows the promise of mindfulness training for enhancing the ability to manage those thoughts if they come up. It also shows the veterans’ brains changed in ways that could help switch off that endless loop.

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New Smartphone App Tackles Head Trauma

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More than 120,000 young athletes experience a sports-related head injury each year. The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and the Medical College of Wisconsin have created a free smartphone app that helps diagnose and track the treatment of head injuries among young athletes.

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Aging Diminishes Spinal Cord Regeneration After Injury

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Researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and University of British Columbia (UBC) have determined that, in mice, age diminishes ability to regenerate axons, the brain’s communication wires in the spinal cord. The study is published March 31 in Cell Reports.

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Most Civilians Support Wider Access to Training and Equipment to Stop Severe Bleeding in Victims of Mass Casualty Events

Many civilians have expressed interest in taking a bleeding control training course that would empower them to immediately assist victims of intentional mass casualty events, according to results of a new national poll published online in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons.

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Experience in Afghanistan Highlights Plastic Surgeons' Role in Combat Trauma Surgery

Especially with improved chances of survival from severe combat trauma, plastic surgeons play a critical role in managing injuries sustained in modern warfare, suggests an experience at a combat hospital in Afghanistan described in the April issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery®, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).

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New Recommendations Link Better Sleep to Improved Concussion Outcomes

A panel of sleep and brain injury specialists recommends specific steps to test and develop sleep-related treatments to improve the outcome of mild traumatic brain injury. The recommendations appear online ahead of print in the journal Neurotherapeutics.

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After a Horrific Car Crash and Multiple Broken Bones, a Grateful Loyola Patient Is Able to Walk Again

Bill Brennan is walking again after surviving a terrible car accident in which he suffered multiple broken bones, six broken ribs, a shattered kneecap, a fractured hip and a punctured lung.

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Study: Children with Simple Skull Fractures May Not Need Hospitalization

Challenging the longstanding practice of keeping all children with head injuries in the hospital overnight, new research from Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital suggests that patients with simple skull fractures can be sent home safely if they have no evidence of brain injury and no neurological symptoms.

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UT Southwestern Researchers Find Increased Risk of Mild Cognitive Impairment Following Traumatic Brain Injury

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Traumatic brain injury appears to be related to both increased risk and earlier onset of mild cognitive impairment, UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers report.

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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Seen in Many Adults Living with Congenital Heart Disease

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Adults living with congenital heart disease may have a significantly higher risk of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) than people in the general population. Clinicians and caregivers may need to be aware of possible PTSD symptoms, such as anxiety and depression, in their patients.

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Seismic for the Spine: Vibration Technology Offers Alternative to MRI

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Magnetic resonance image isn't everything. A new University of Alberta study shows that vibrating the spine may reveal more when it comes to treating back pain. Teaming with the University of South Denmark to study the lumbar spine of twins, Greg Kawchuk and his team demonstrate that structural changes within the spine alter its vibration response significantly.

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Oxytocin Can Improve Compassion in People with Symptoms of PTSD

“Until now, several theoretical studies proposed that the oxytocinergic system functions abnormally among patients with PTSD and that intranasal OT may potentially serve as an effective pharmacological intervention for ameliorating symptoms of PTSD, but very few studies have examined the effects of OT administration among these patients, and to the best of our knowledge the effects of OT on empathy and compassion among patients with PTSD have never been assessed. For this reason, the findings of the present study are both significant and innovative”, the researchers concluded

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Can Yoga Help Those with PTSD, New Staffing Model Designed to Save Costs in Public Mental Health Clinics, Study Linking Asthma Symptoms and Stress, and more in the Mental Health News Source

Can Yoga Help Those with PTSD, New Staffing Model Designed to Save Costs in Public Mental Health Clinics, Study Linking Asthma Symptoms and Stress and more in the Mental Health News Source

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Can Yoga Help Those Experiencing Depression, Anxiety or PTSD?

UNC-Chapel Hill explores the potential benefits of yoga for people who experience mental health problems related to trauma.