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To Operate or Not to Operate: A Serious Question with No Clear Answers

UCLA research finds wide variances in surgeons’ decision to operate or recommend an alternative treatment option, suggesting that it depends as much on how surgeons perceive the world as it does on the patient’s diagnosis.

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From Front Lines to the OR, How do Military Surgeons Return to Civilian Medicine?

New paper published in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons lays out what military surgeons need to sustain surgical skills for both environments.

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Depressed Moms Not ‘in Sync’ with Their Kids, Children with ADHD Sleep Both Poorly and Less, Yeast Infection Linked to Mental Illness, and more in the Mental Health News Source

Depressed Moms Not ‘in Sync’ with Their Kids, Children with ADHD Sleep Both Poorly and Less, Yeast Infection Linked to Mental Illness, and more in the Mental Health News Source

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Military Surgeons Develop Framework to Sustain Surgical Skills in a Changing Environment

Study authors propose new education and training paradigm that will benefit military surgeons and their patients in combat and non-combat environments.

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UChicago Medicine's $269 Million Expansion Plans Move Forward

May 10, 2016 -- The Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board unanimously approved the University of Chicago Medicine's application to expand access to emergency, adult trauma and specialty care on the South Side. With this regulatory approval, UChicago Medicine can begin construction of a new and larger emergency department, which will house four trauma bays, and a dedicated cancer-treatment facility.

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Study Arms Sheriff's Deputies with Nasal Spray for Drug Overdose Victims

Drug-related overdoses are the leading cause of injury-related deaths in the United States, surpassing motor vehicle accidents at 44,000 fatalities annually. In response, researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine have partnered with the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department to implement and study a program that requires all deputies carry and be trained to use a life-saving drug in the event of a discovered overdose and then refer victims to a treatment center once they are revived.

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A New Series of Studies Identifies an Unknown Psychological Disorder: Maladaptive Daydreaming

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Sufferers from the disorder spend about 60% of their waking time in an imaginary world they have created, realizing that it is a fantasy, and without losing contact with the real world. “One man told us about 35 characters participating in the repertoire of stories he imagines. Another related how for 30 years now he has been repeatedly imagining the plots of a series which is constantly evolving. With time, it takes over their lives,” said Professor Eli Somer of the University of Haifa, who identified the disorder

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Thinking Differently Could Affect Power of Traumatic Memories

People who may be exposed to trauma can train themselves to think in a way that could protect them from PTSD symptoms, according to a study from Kings College London and Oxford University.

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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.