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This Neuroimaging Method Has 100% Diagnostic Accuracy (or your money back)
doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0129659.g003Did you know that SPECT imaging can diagnose PTSD with 100% accuracy (Amen et al., 2015)? Not only that, out of a sample of 397 patients from the Amen Clinic in Newport Beach, SPECT was able to distinguish between four different groups with 100% accuracy! That's right, the scans of (1) healthy participants, and patients with (2) classic post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), (3) classic traumatic brain injury (TBI), and (4) both disorders..... were all classified with 100% accuracy!TRACK-TBI investigators, your 3T structural and functional MRI outcome measures are obsolete.NIMH, th...
Source: The Neurocritic - January 21, 2016 Category: Neuroscience Authors: The Neurocritic Source Type: blogs
Best of 2015: The Exposing the Silence Project
Photo credit: Lindsay Askins, www.spotofserendipity.com Today’s best of 2015 posts comes from our Maternal Health Series spearheaded by our fabulous summer intern Allison Kaye. The full series can be seen here. “Well, at least you have a healthy baby!” is one of the most common phrases a mother who went through a traumatic birth experiences hears. While the friend or family member may mean well and simply be trying to show optimism, he or she is often isolating the deep pain the mother may be going through. As part of my research on maternal health, I came across the photography and advocacy project Expos...
Source: Disruptive Women in Health Care - December 24, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: dw at disruptivewomen.net Tags: Children Source Type: blogs
LITFL Review #209
Welcome to the 209th LITFL Review! Your regular and reliable source for the highest highlights, sneakiest sneak peeks and loudest shout-outs from the webbed world of emergency medicine and critical care. Each week the LITFL team casts the spotlight on the blogosphere’s best and brightest and deliver a bite-sized chuck of FOAM. The Most Fair Dinkum Ripper Beauts of the Week The St Emlyns podcast speak to Youri Yordanov in this moving account of managing the mass casualty situation in the recent and tragic events in Paris. There’s lots in here for us all to ponder and reflect on with regards to our setup and ab...
Source: Life in the Fast Lane - December 6, 2015 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Marjorie Lazoff, MD Tags: Education LITFL review Source Type: blogs
What physicians call burnout, others call PTSD
“Gunshot wound to chest, pulseless, 20 minute ETA.” When that’s the EMS report, it gets your attention. Despite the wonderful theatrics of modern medical shows, and the best efforts of real-world, sweat-drenched paramedics, those of us who have done this long enough can translate that report. For the layperson it means: “Dead.” I saw that last week. And the week before I saw another tragic, unexpected death in a man not much older than me. Twice I walked into a small room, looked into someone’s face and said, “I’m sorry, but he died.” Twice there...
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - November 23, 2015 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Edwin Leap, MD Tags: Physician Emergency Source Type: blogs
Could the Doula Model Work for Women Seeking Mental Health Care and Support through the Veteran’s Administration, Especially After Rape or Sexual Trauma?
Elayne Clift, M.A. Her first experience with childbirth was traumatic. Repeated “checks” to determine how near she was to giving birth seemed like unnecessary invasions. When she questioned their frequency she was silenced, as she was when she asked why she had to remain in bed attached to an IV. Labeled a “failure to progress” after only seven hours in labor she was given a C-section “to ensure a healthy baby.” During her second pregnancy she chose a medical practice that included nurse-midwives and allowed for vaginal birth after Caesarean. Then she “hired” a voluntee...
Source: Disruptive Women in Health Care - November 1, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: dw at disruptivewomen.net Tags: Childbirth Women Veterans Source Type: blogs
Narrative Matters: On Our Reading List
Editor’s note: “Narrative Matters: On Our Reading List” is a monthly roundup where we share some of the most compelling health care narratives driving the news and conversation in recent weeks. Why Doctors Need The Humanities Danielle Ofri, a physician at Bellevue Hospital and associate professor of medicine at New York University School of Medicine, has made a name for herself as a doctor who writes—and writes well—with four books published and a slew of narrative medicine publications in the lay press and scholarly outlets. Yet when she was starting out as an attending physician at a te...
Source: Health Affairs Blog - October 30, 2015 Category: Health Management Authors: Jessica Bylander Tags: Elsewhere@ Health Affairs Equity and Disparities Health Professionals Narrative Matters On Our Reading List personal stories Physicians poetry Source Type: blogs
The Exposing the Silence Project
Photo credit: Lindsay Askins, www.spotofserendipity.com “Well, at least you have a healthy baby!” is one of the most common phrases a mother who went through a traumatic birth experiences hears. While the friend or family member may mean well and simply be trying to show optimism, he or she is often isolating the deep pain the mother may be going through. As part of my research on maternal health, I came across the photography and advocacy project Exposing the Silence: Documenting Birth Trauma and the Strength of Women across America. The project brings to light a little noticed group of women– women who ...
Source: Disruptive Women in Health Care - September 14, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: dw at disruptivewomen.net Tags: Advocacy Childbirth Source Type: blogs
Inside EMS Podcast: Provider Mental Health Edition
In this week’s episode of Inside EMS, co-host Chris Cebollero and I discuss the recent suicide of a Pennsylvania EMT, and how we might better support our colleagues with PTSD and depression. In our Guest Table segment, we talk with Donnie Richard of Brattleboro Retreat and their Uniformed Services Program aimed at specialized mental health ... (Source: A Day In the Life of An Ambulance Driver)
Source: A Day In the Life of An Ambulance Driver - August 8, 2015 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: ambulancedriverfiles Tags: EMS Health & Safety Inside EMS Podcasting Source Type: blogs
You’ve probably got dysbiosis: An excerpt from Wheat Belly Total Health
Here’s an excerpt from chapter 9, Full Recovery From Post-Traumatic Grain Gut Syndrome, of Wheat Belly Total Health about the exceptionally common issue of dysbiosis: “Up to 35 percent of people with no other gastrointestinal disease and no symptoms have bacterial overgrowth (dysbiosis) or other distortions of bowel flora composition. Even though many doctors regard irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) as a benign condition, 30 to 85 percent of people with IBS have varying degrees of dysbiosis at the time of their diagnosis–it is not benign. Overgrowth of unhealthy bacteria is common in people who have low stom...
Source: Wheat Belly Blog - July 17, 2015 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr. Davis Tags: Wheat Belly Lifestyle bowel flora gluten grains health microbiota Source Type: blogs
Military Security Contractors Get PTSD, Too
Largely absent from the conversation about the use of military security contractors are the parallel issues of mental health and the deployment-related stress contractors can face. (Source: The RAND Blog)
Source: The RAND Blog - June 12, 2015 Category: Health Management Authors: RAND Corporation Source Type: blogs
If my patients know I am human, they don’t ask for me to be superhuman
“I want to tell you my story now,” a patient recently told me, a woman who suffers from many physical and emotional ailments. She had the diagnosis of PTSD on her problem list, along with hospitalizations for “stress,” but I never asked beyond that. “OK,” I answered, not knowing what to expect. “Tell me your story.” She paused for about 30 seconds, but I knew not to interrupt the silence. “I killed my husband,” she finally said. OK. Unexpected. Continue reading ... Your patients are rating you online: How to respond. Manage your onlin...
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - June 9, 2015 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Rob Lamberts, MD Tags: Physician Primary care Source Type: blogs
Don’t Just Integrate, Innovate—When It Comes to Mental Health
The sheer number of people living unsupported with some form of psychological or emotional pain suggests that the traditional laws of supply and demand are not working in the mental health arena. As we close on May, as Mental Health Awareness Month, it is important that we raise public awareness of individuals struggling alone with poor mental health and acknowledge the need for a new paradigm that aligns society’s needs with widely available technological and social connectivity. Today, nearly one in every five adults – over 40 million Americans – experience some form of mental illness in any given year....
Source: Disruptive Women in Health Care - May 29, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: dw at disruptivewomen.net Tags: Mental Health Source Type: blogs
Life Is Complicated
By ROB LAMBERTS, MD “I want to tell you my story now,” a patient recently told me, a woman who suffers from many physical and emotional ailments. She had the diagnosis of PTSD on her problem list, along with hospitalizations for “stress,” but I never asked beyond that. “OK,” I answered, not knowing what to expect. “Tell me your story.” She paused for about 30 seconds, but I knew not to interrupt the silence. “I killed my husband,” she finally said. OK. Unexpected. She went on to explain a horrible set of circumstances involv...
Source: The Health Care Blog - May 27, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: John Irvine Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs
The Unfriendly Skies, Or Post-Traumatic Airlines Syndrome
(Source: Autism's Edges)
Source: Autism's Edges - May 16, 2015 Category: Child Development Tags: airlines autism autism families family life travel vacations Source Type: blogs
Keeping it to Yo'self: Dblog Week Day #2
Many of us share lots of aspects of our diabetes lives online for the world to see. What are some of the aspects of diabetes that you choose to keep private from the internet? Or from your family and friends? Why is it important to keep it to yourself? (This is not an attempt to get you out of your comfort zone. There is no need to elaborate or tell personal stories related to these aspects. Simply let us know what kinds of stories we will never hear you tell, and why you won't tell them.) (Thank you Scott E of Rolling in the D for this topic.)Good rule of thumb: if something could potentially damage the reputation (or oth...
Source: The D-Log Cabin - May 11, 2015 Category: Endocrinology Authors: HVS Source Type: blogs
Keeping it to Yo'self: Dblog Week Day #2
Many of us share lots of aspects of our diabetes lives online for the world to see. What are some of the aspects of diabetes that you choose to keep private from the internet? Or from your family and friends? Why is it important to keep it to yourself? (This is not an attempt to get you out of your comfort zone. There is no need to elaborate or tell personal stories related to these aspects. Simply let us know what kinds of stories we will never hear you tell, and why you won't tell them.) (Thank you Scott E of Rolling in the D for this topic.) Good rule of thumb: if something could potentially damage the reputation (or o...
Source: The D-Log Cabin - May 11, 2015 Category: Endocrinology Authors: HVS Source Type: blogs
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Associated With Shorter Telomeres, Greater Incidence of Age-Related Disease
Researchers have in the past determined that psychological stress is associated with shorter telomere length as measured in immune cells from a blood sample, and greater ill health in general, but there remains considerable uncertainty over the mechanisms involved. There is also a fair degree of research demonstrating associations between personality traits such as conscientiousness and measures of aging. To what degree is this outcome biological versus being based on factors such as failing to take good care of your health? This review of data on posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) looks at much the same question: PTSD ...
Source: Fight Aging! - May 11, 2015 Category: Research Authors: Reason Tags: Daily News Source Type: blogs
Working smart, the key to a bigger brain, and PTSD dropout: the F1000 round up!
The trending article recommendations on the @F1000 feed this week, as well as other interesting picks from around Twitter. Continue reading → (Source: Naturally Selected)
Source: Naturally Selected - May 8, 2015 Category: Biomedical Science Authors: Adie Chan Tags: Tweet stuff Source Type: blogs
The road to health care for veterans is baroque
Read the voices of Service: this discussion thread is a show and tell of what women veterans have to go through to get care. It also demonstrates some traits of women warriors: generosity, tenacity , wisdom , guts and extreme moxie. It is unconscionable that those who served have to come home and fight more battles. Shame on us. Alana Vollmer-Bland Question…..I have a 30% rating for PTSD from Afghanistan. I told the shrink at the VA at the beginning of the claims process and then another counselor at the VA here about the sexual assault while I was on active duty. She spent 6 weeks doing intake on me and waffl...
Source: Disruptive Women in Health Care - April 17, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: dw at disruptivewomen.net Tags: Women Veterans Source Type: blogs
Hospitals Help Families With Illness' Psychological Toll
When a child becomes ill with a serious disease, they and their families face a number of issues that can cause emotional distress, including financial troubles, child-care problems and post-traumatic stress. (Source: WSJ.com: The Informed Patient)
Source: WSJ.com: The Informed Patient - April 14, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: FREE Source Type: blogs
Nickson Would be Celebrating Life if it Weren’t for Vaccines
Conclusion Parents need to be able to choose what goes into their child’s body, especially when their babies are not born full-term or have any underlying health problems at birth. When a product such as a vaccine is injected into a child, known to be associated with severe risks, including death, there should be a standard protocol in place for these families to get needed support when the risks outweigh the benefits. No one can predict how a vaccine will negatively affect a person. Lindsey and other families going through this, suffering the loss of a child likely caused by the vaccine(s) given to them, when no oth...
Source: vactruth.com - April 9, 2015 Category: Allergy & Immunology Authors: Augustina Ursino Tags: Augustina Ursino Human Top Stories National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (NVICP) Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) vaccine court Vaccine Death VAERS Source Type: blogs
Glimpse of 12th Annual World Health Care Congress
Conclusion The 12th Annual World Health Care Congress event delivered expert content, rich conversations and meaningful connections. I hope to attend the 13th Annual World Health Care Congress event. One recommendation I would make is to add Patient Opinion Leader to the “Who Should Attend?” area of the website and reserve a select number of compensated passes for real-world, experienced Patient Opinion Leaders to attend. We are often not salaried or sponsored. I owe a debt of gratitude to Disruptive Women in Healthcare for the opportunity to strengthen my knowledge and network. Though I can’t walk a mile...
Source: Disruptive Women in Health Care - April 7, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: dw at disruptivewomen.net Tags: Consumer Health Care Cost Coverage Policy Health Reform Mental Health Source Type: blogs
© Susan Avila-Smith © Regina Vasquez The girl © Gena Smith There is a girl. The girl loves to paint and read and write stories. The girl believes that the world is basically a good place. The girl believes people are basically good. The girl met a boy and falls in love. The girl is frustrated. The boy she loves goes to war. The girl waits, and listens, and is fearful of the death of the boy. The girl goes to college and works two jobs while the boy is away. The girl needs to stay busy. The girl marries the boy when he returns home. The girl is afraid of the boy and his anger. The girl feels trapped and a...
Source: Disruptive Women in Health Care - March 27, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: dw at disruptivewomen.net Tags: Women Veterans Source Type: blogs
The Safety Nets Have Gaping Holes – Our Sewing Kit!
Anne Klee & Laurie Harkness In our country, two words that should never be spoken or written in the same sentence are Veteran and homelessness. Yet all too frequently we hear this is the case. Ten years ago there were estimated to be 250,000 homeless Veterans on the streets of America each night. Today through the multi-pronged efforts of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), many state Governor’s, state agencies, and community agencies and partners, there are now less than 50,000 homeless Veterans each night. Veterans ar...
Source: Disruptive Women in Health Care - March 17, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: dw at disruptivewomen.net Tags: Women Veterans Source Type: blogs
Destruction of Lives with the Stroke of a Pen
Protect Our Defenders is a non-profit human rights organization that honors, supports and gives voice to the brave women and men in uniform who have been raped or sexually assaulted by fellow service members. Nancy Parrish Paula Coughlin Men and women serving in our military who are raped or sexually assaulted face overwhelming obstacles in order to receive adequate health care. Instead of assuring victims that their distress about their attacks is a normal response, the Department of Defense (DoD) has a record of mistreating victims by labeling them with errant diagnoses of personality or adjustment disorders. Based...
Source: Disruptive Women in Health Care - March 10, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: dw at disruptivewomen.net Tags: Women Veterans Source Type: blogs
It’s OK Not To Be OK
Happy Medic has some wise words for responders dealing with stress, PTSD and depression. Go. Read. Get help if you need it. (Source: A Day In the Life of An Ambulance Driver)
Source: A Day In the Life of An Ambulance Driver - February 26, 2015 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: ambulancedriverfiles Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs
Inside EMS Podcast: Peer Support for PTSD and Depression
Paramedic Greg Turner of Edmonton took his life on-duty on January 26. Last weekend, paramedic Debbie Crawford of Denver Health Paramedics took her life as well, mere hours after working a fatal train vs pedestrian accident. Debbie co-founded and chaired a committee aimed at helping paramedics deal with PTSD and depression, yet for her, even ... (Source: A Day In the Life of An Ambulance Driver)
Source: A Day In the Life of An Ambulance Driver - February 22, 2015 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: ambulancedriverfiles Tags: Code Green Campaign EMS Health & Safety Inside EMS Podcasting Source Type: blogs
Women Who Serve: Who We Are
The concept of women as the gentler sex is hard to square with the military warrior culture. Husband hunter, lesbian, s., whore, manipulator, or too dumb to do anything else are the historical characterizations of women who serve and are changing far too slowly. No one is more surprised with this rancor than the young, naïve and innocent women who join the military with an eye on what the future may bring. I wanted a chance at a better life. I wanted to be more than my surroundings dictated to me. I felt a duty to my country; to protect and preserve all the things I loved. My time in the Army was one...
Source: Disruptive Women in Health Care - February 18, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: dw at disruptivewomen.net Tags: Advocacy Women Veterans Women's Health Source Type: blogs
This was a criticism levelled at evidence based medicine, when it became a way of thinking some years ago. The criticism was that your doctor would diagnose you, and then look up what to do and do just that. There was no place for expertise or experience. Present day diagrams of evidence based medicine include, of course, professional expertise and patient experience, as well as the research evidence. I don't think that was ever a fair criticism, but having had a head injury in September (I fell off my bike), and been in receipt of doctors' advice, I think it misses the point. The di...
Source: Browsing - February 1, 2015 Category: Databases & Libraries Tags: EBP Source Type: blogs
It’s All In Your Head
The following post originally ran on Disruptive Woman to Watch Lisa Suennen’s blog Venture Valkyrie on January 26th. “Mental health needs a great deal of attention. It’s the final taboo and it needs to be faced and dealt with.” That quote is from the great philosopher and clinician, oh wait I mean 80’s post-punk rocker Adam Ant. Seriously. But he is so right on. Back in 1998 I was part of the management team of a company called Merit Behavioral Care, also once known as American Biodyne. The company was the first of its kind: a company that delivered what we now know as population health for p...
Source: Disruptive Women in Health Care - January 30, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: dw at disruptivewomen.net Tags: Mental Health Source Type: blogs
Top 10 PTSD Blogs of 2014
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) often is linked to military veterans, but it can affect anyone following a traumatic event. There are five subtypes: normal stress response, acute stress disorder, uncomplicated PTSD, comorbid PTSD and complex PTSD. Sleep disturbances and flashbacks, where the sufferer relives the trauma, are hallmarks of the disease. PTSD has several other symptoms, some of which overlap with other disorders. These include a loss of interest in regular activities, feeling depressed, anxious and difficulty concentrating. A person with PTSD may find it difficult to relate to loved ones. Instead they are...
Source: World of Psychology - January 29, 2015 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: Kim Lyon Tags: Best of the Web Brain and Behavior Disorders General Mental Health and Wellness Military Psychology PTSD Stress Trauma Violence and Aggression abuse best ptsd blogs combat veterans Complex post-traumatic stress disorder Postt Source Type: blogs
Healthier and Happier
By: Alexandra Norcott, MD, second-year internal medicine resident at Yale-New Haven Hospital and member of the West Haven Veterans Affairs Center of Excellence in Primary Care Education (CoEPCE). She plans to pursue a career in general internal medicine with subpecialization in patient safety and quality improvement. “On average, how much alcohol do you drink?” I questioned the sixty-three year-old veteran. “About fifty beers a week,” Nate nonchalantly retorted. I noticed his cherry cheeks, accented by the red sailboats on his Hawaiian shirt. “OK. For about how long?” “About a...
Source: Academic Medicine Blog - January 22, 2015 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: Guest Author Tags: Featured Trainee Perspective Center of Excellence in Primary Care Education health care teams interprofessionalism patient centered care Source Type: blogs
Interfering With Traumatic Memories of the Boston Marathon Bombings
The Boston Marathon bombings of April 15, 2013 killed three people and injured hundreds of others near the finish line of the iconic footrace. The oldest and most prominent marathon in the world, Boston attracts over 20,000 runners and 500,000 spectators. The terrorist act shocked and traumatized and unified the city.What should the survivors do with their traumatic memories of the event? Many with disabling post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) receive therapy to lessen the impact of the trauma. Should they forget completely? Is it possible to selectively “alter” or “remove” a specific memory? Stud...
Source: The Neurocritic - January 18, 2015 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: The Neurocritic Source Type: blogs
STATES OF GRACE: Disability and Chronic Pain as a Bioethical Issue
STATES OF GRACE is a “must watch” film for health care providers. It deals with the health of caregivers, professionals and families, as well as that of persons who have become disabled. In STATES OF GRACE, Dr. Grace Dammann, is a revered physician who signed more than one thousand death certificates during the height of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. In 2008, just before memorial day, while commuting from work, another driver crashed head-on into her car as she crossed the Golden Gate Bridge. After seven weeks in a coma and twelve surgeries, Grace regains consciousness, her cognitive abilities surprisingly intact...
Source: blog.bioethics.net - January 2, 2015 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: September Williams, MD Tags: Health Care syndicated Source Type: blogs
Part I: THE IMITATION GAME meets HOW I CAME TO HATE MATH/Comment j’ai détesté les Maths, Moral Relativism vs Beneficence and Justice: Moral Injury, War and Computer Science
THE IMITATION GAME Alan Turing was a Cambridge trained mathematician, wonderfully portrayed by Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock) in the WWII bio-historical thriller, THE IMITATION GAME. The film directed by Morten Tyldum and written by Graham Moore was screened at the 36th annual Mill Valley Film Festival 2014. It is an adaptation of a book by Andrew Hodges, Alan Turing: The Enigma While a fellow at the MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics in 1990, it was this writer's profound good luck to meet and spend time with the late Dr. Stephen Toulman, a British born physicist, mathematician, philosopher and communic...
Source: blog.bioethics.net - December 16, 2014 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: September Williams, MD Tags: Health Care syndicated Source Type: blogs
GOING THE DISTANCE meets SURFING FOR LIFE
Bioethical issues in Traumatic Brain Injury GOING THE DISTANCE: JOURNEYS OF RECOVERY is a documentary film about the lives of survivors of Traumatic Brain Injury. Directed by multi-Emmy Award winning filmmaker David L. Brown, the project is seeking funding for its finishing phase. This film has had multiple previews in collaboration with brain injury advocates. It has also been used in therapeutic TBI groups to gauge the communities' take on their depiction. An earlier film by the same director, SURFING FOR LIFE, reinforces that Brown, like any good film auteur, finds different ways of telling stories whose...
Source: blog.bioethics.net - December 16, 2014 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: September Williams, MD Tags: Health Care syndicated Source Type: blogs
Narrative Matters: Shining A Light On Child Health
Last month, a group of writers, clinicians, policy makers and other experts gathered at Airlie House in Warrenton, Virginia, for the 2014 Narrative Matters Symposium. About an hour outside the city, the scenic fall setting—rolling farm land and trees with auburn and gold leaves—was the perfect backdrop to take attendees outside of their normal day-to-day work and introduce them to others who also are deeply passionate about improving the health of vulnerable children. The focus of this year’s symposium was “Vulnerable Children: Using Stories to Shine a Light on Child Health.” Manuel Pastor, pr...
Source: Health Affairs Blog - December 15, 2014 Category: Health Management Authors: Jessica Bylander Tags: All Categories Children Narrative Matters Personal Experience Policy Source Type: blogs
Chicago Brain Death Case Now Federal Lawsuit
Randall R. Bainchi was a 22-year old United States Marine, who served his Country in war zones in both Afghanistan and Iraqi. As a result of his service, Bainchi suffered from PTSD, received inadequate mental health treatment, and acqui... (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - December 11, 2014 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Thaddeus Mason Pope Tags: Health Care medical futility blog syndicated Source Type: blogs
Top stories in health and medicine, December 4, 2014
From MedPage Today: Men on ADT Skipping Out on Bisphosphonates. Few men in Canada receiving androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) for prostate cancer have simultaneous bisphosphonate treatment to prevent fractures. What Every ED Should Have. The emergency department (ED) is one of the highest risk areas of any institution. Both the fast-paced environment and high patient volume and acuity contribute to this phenomenon. In addition, minimal information regarding the medical history of patients is known at the time of presentation. Even Without Concussion Football Players May Have Brain Changes. High school football playe...
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - December 4, 2014 Category: Journals (General) Authors: MedPage Today Tags: News Endocrinology Neurology Source Type: blogs
Military Turns to Collaborative Care to Treat PTSD, Depression
Collaborative care has been an important part of Army efforts to reach out to those struggling with PTSD and depression. It has brought a science-based solution to an essential military problem and has helped thousands of men and women in uniform in ways that also nudge our larger mental health system toward greater effectiveness for all Americans. (Source: The RAND Blog)
Source: The RAND Blog - November 19, 2014 Category: Health Management Authors: RAND Corporation Source Type: blogs
Lift Every Voice: Listen to Women Veterans
During last week’s Veteran’s Day inspired concerts and tributes to veterans, a Hill-gathering of Disruptive Women (and our man of the month, Rep. Tim Walz, MN) spoke truth with power. Gathered to discuss challenges faced by women veterans, the group included veterans, members of Congress and their spouses, congressional staff, state leaders, and filmmakers. The group had had enough of platitudes and promises. We were ready for disruption, and Rep. Walz delivered just that, saying he was done with “incremental change” (Washington’s latest, favorite buzz-word) and prepared to lead “seismic...
Source: Disruptive Women in Health Care - November 18, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: dw at disruptivewomen.net Tags: Access Advocacy Women's Health Source Type: blogs
Public Health Relevance Statements vs. Actual Translational Potential
“Research on the brain is surging,” declared the New York Times the other day:Yet the growing body of data — maps, atlases and so-called connectomes that show linkages between cells and regions of the brain — represents a paradox of progress, with the advances also highlighting great gaps in understanding.So many large and small questions remain unanswered. How is information encoded and transferred from cell to cell or from network to network of cells? Science found a genetic code but there is no brain-wide neural code; no electrical or chemical alphabet exists that can be recombined to say “...
Source: The Neurocritic - November 12, 2014 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: The Neurocritic Source Type: blogs
How the VA can better service Women Veterans
This post is part of a new series, Disparities & Disservice: Women Veterans Deserve Better Health Care. The series will culminate with a briefing on Thursday, November 13 at noon. I am an Army veteran who was disabled during military service, a health policy advocate for my fellow women veterans, and a long-time patient of the VA health care system. As a patient, I have personally received excellent care through VA for more than two decades, and continue to see progress made in the overall delivery of health care to women. As an advocate, I know there are still many policy, program and cultural changes that must be imp...
Source: Disruptive Women in Health Care - November 7, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: dw at disruptivewomen.net Tags: Access Women's Health Source Type: blogs
So, finally, my patient died.
Once in a very long while you get somebody under your hands who ought to have been let go months before.We had somebody like that the other month: multiple surgeries for a brain tumor that was not going to go away (grade IV glioblastoma), multiple rounds of chemo and radiation, and in the middle of all of that, a surgery for an abscess that led to wound-vac sponges all down one side of the poor sot's body.The spouse didn't want to let them go. The mother didn't want to let them go. The brother didn't particularly say one way or the other.Ever smell a person who is, quite literally, rotting from the inside out? It's not fun...
Source: Head Nurse - November 1, 2014 Category: Nurses Authors: Jo Source Type: blogs
Beyond Public Health, Pit Bulls, and Pimps: Lessons in Trauma, Adverse Childhood Experiences, and Hope
By: Gerard Clancy, MD, professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Oklahoma School of Community Medicine, and president, University of Oklahoma, Tulsa In my recently published Academic Medicine commentary, “Understanding Deficiencies of Leadership in Advancing Health Equity: A Case of Pit Bulls, Public Health and Pimps,” I described my evolution in developing relationships with a community in need, as we built the new Wayman Tisdale Specialty Health Clinic in north Tulsa over more than a decade. I have now been caring for patients in an adult psychiatry clinic since we opened 20 month...
Source: Academic Medicine Blog - October 30, 2014 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: Guest Author Tags: Featured Guest Perspective adverse childhood experiences community engagement mental illness University of Oklahoma urban revitalization Wayman Tisdale Specialty Clinic Source Type: blogs
Physician Payments Sunshine Act: One Month After the Data Release, What Are People Writing About Open Payments?
The Sunshine database was released one month ago, and it has been interesting to see the range of media coverage that has surrounded the release. On October 3, we looked at the first few days of Open Payments articles. These focused primarily on the deficiencies in the roll-out of the Open Payments System. Many early articles also highlighted the importance of context in looking at the database. Other journalists looked for evidence of wrongdoing in the database, but often noted that the system made proper analysis difficult. One month later, news outlets have had a better chance to analyze some of the numbers. While appr...
Source: Policy and Medicine - October 30, 2014 Category: American Health Authors: Thomas Sullivan Source Type: blogs
Pain Medicine News - Massive Research Project Targets Chronic Pain in the Military
Spanning five years, costing almost $22 million and spread across 13 separate research trials nationwide, several federal agencies are tackling head-on the mounting problem of how to treat chronic pain in the U.S. military without exacerbating the country's opioid abuse problem. The new research program, spearheaded by the National Institutes of Health's National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Health Services Research and Development Division, will look at non-drug approaches for treating chroni...
Source: Psychology of Pain - October 10, 2014 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Source Type: blogs
Top stories in health and medicine, October 8, 2014
From MedPage Today: PTSD Common After TIA. Nearly one-third of transient ischemic attack (TIA) patients developed post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) afterward. Task Force: People at Risk for T2D Need Screening. Adults at risk for type 2 diabetes should undergo screening for elevated blood glucose and be treated with lifestyle interventions if hyperglycemia is present, according to a new recommendation from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF). Is Obesity a Cancer Risk? Obesity represents “a central challenge” to cancer prevention and care and requires immediate action to reduce the toll, th...
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - October 8, 2014 Category: Journals (General) Authors: MedPage Today Tags: News Cancer Diabetes Endocrinology Neurology Source Type: blogs
Linking Domestic Violence and Chronic Disease: An Issue Missing from the Headlines
With domestic violence getting attention lately due to the Ray Rice video and the newly crowned Miss America Kira Kazantsev’s domestic violence platform, the Society for Women’s Health Research believes it is important to highlight an important subject missing from the headlines. There has been radio silence about the acute and chronic health conditions that affect women who suffer from this abusive behavior. Black eyes, bruises and broken bones are all what we expect to hear from victims who experience violence at the hand of a loved one. There has been little to no attention, however, given to other health co...
Source: Disruptive Women in Health Care - October 3, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: dw at disruptivewomen.net Tags: Chronic Conditions Policy Women's Health Source Type: blogs
White House BRAIN Conference
September 30 is the last day of the fiscal year for the US government. So it's no coincidence that President Obama's BRAIN Initiative1 ended the year with a bang. The NIH BRAIN Awards were announced on the last possible day of FY2014, coinciding with the White House BRAIN Conference. A total of $46 million was dispersed among 58 awards involving over 100 scientists.Census of Cell Types (RFA MH-14-215) Tools for Cells and Circuits (RFA MH-14-216) Next Generation Human Imaging (RFA MH-14-217) Large-Scale Recording-Modulation - New Technologies (RFA NS-14-007) Large-Scale Recording-Modulation - Optimiz...
Source: The Neurocritic - October 1, 2014 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: The Neurocritic Source Type: blogs