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October 13, 2015

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October 13, 2015

Chest CT Scans Often Can Be Avoided in Blunt Trauma ER Cases, Study Finds

Oct. 6, 2015 — Use of computed tomography (CT) scans of the chest for hospital emergency-room patients with blunt trauma could be reduced by more than one-third without compromising detection of major injury, ... read more

Kenyan Journalists Covering Life-Threatening Events at Increased Risk of Psychological Harm

Sep. 24, 2015 — The first major study of the emotional well-being of journalists covering violent events in an African country replicates findings from Western media, namely that journalists who report on ... read more

Researchers Use Neuroimaging to Measure Early Cognitive Improvement After Mild TBI

Sep. 21, 2015 — A neuroimaging study details working memory deficits and cognitive recovery during initial week after concussion. The fMRI studies, conducted at <72 hours after injury and one week later, provide ... read more

Sep. 21, 2015 — Traumatic brain injury (TBI) affects the body as well as the brain, a new animal study shows. The research also indicates that treatment with hypertension drugs blocks the production of proteins ... read more

Epidemiologist Says Suicide, Death from Intentional Self-Injury Is Greatly Underestimated in U.S.

Sep. 16, 2015 — Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States -- greater even than traffic crashes. A professor of epidemiology says the problem is bigger and proposes a way to address ... read more

Reduced Heart Rate Variability May Indicate Greater Vulnerability to PTSD

Sep. 10, 2015 — A prospective longitudinal study of US Marines suggests that reduced heart rate variability -- the changing time interval between heartbeats -- may be a contributing risk factor for post-traumatic ... read more

Older Kids Less Likely to Have Car Seats Checked for Safety Than Infants

Sep. 9, 2015 — Booster seat-aged children are twice as likely to suffer serious injury or death in a car crash than younger children but a new study shows they may be less likely to have car seats inspected for ... read more

New Rule to Help Identify Fractures in Young Children With Head Trauma

Sep. 8, 2015 — A new decision rule will help emergency department physicians determine when to use radiography in young children with minor head ... read more

Bats and Balls, Not Base Runners, Cause Worst Injuries to Major League Catchers

Sep. 8, 2015 — Contrary to popular belief, the worst injuries baseball catchers face on the field come from errant bats and foul balls, not home-plate collisions with base runners, according to findings of a ... read more

Physicians Have Greater Ability to Help Child Abuse Victims

Sep. 8, 2015 — New state laws in Pennsylvania are shaping the fight against child abuse through physicians and other healthcare ... read more

Police at Risk of Traffic Injuries in Stopped Cars, as Well as When Speeding, Study Finds

Sep. 1, 2015 — Vehicle crashes are the largest cause of death among police in the United States, but what conditions contribute to the risk faced by officers? The first quantitative study of the issue finds a few ... read more

Gene May Predict Severity of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Sep. 1, 2015 — A gene linked in previous research, appears to predict more severe post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms as well as a thinner cortex in regions of the brain critical for regulating strong ... read more

Increase Seen in Bicycle-Related Injuries, Hospital Admissions in United States

Sep. 1, 2015 — Between 1998 and 2013, there was a large increase in bicycle-related injuries and hospital admissions of adults in the United States, with the increase in injuries driven by more injuries among ... read more

Possible New Weapon Against PTSD

Sep. 1, 2015 — Animals who underwent chronic stress prior to a traumatic experience engaged a distinctive brain pathway that encodes traumatic memories more strongly than in unstressed animals, new research ... read more

Preventive Medicine Experts Speak out About Reducing Firearm Violence

Aug. 31, 2015 — A wide range of critical topics related to firearm violence, from the interaction of alcohol abuse with gun violence, effects of changes to gun laws in various states, how criminals obtain guns in a ... read more

Aug. 24, 2015 — With increasing concern about concussions from sports, some players have started wearing electronic sensors to measure head impacts. But a new study has found that some of the sensors for ... read more

Color-Changing Polymer May Signal Traumatic Brain Injuries in Soldiers, Athletes

Aug. 16, 2015 — A bomb blast or a rough tackle can inflict serious brain damage. Yet at the time of impact, these injuries are often invisible. To detect head trauma immediately, a team of researchers has developed ... read more

Emergency Department Counseling Program Fails to Reduce Intimate Partner Violence or Heavy Drinking Among at-Risk Women

Aug. 7, 2015 — A large randomized clinical trial of an emergency department (ED)-based program aimed at reducing incidents of excessive drinking and partner violence in women did not result in significant ... read more

Some Radiation Okay for Expectant Mother and Fetus, Study Suggests

Aug. 6, 2015 — During pregnancy, approximately 5 to 8 percent of women sustain traumatic injuries, including fractures and muscle tears. To help evaluate and manage these injuries, orthopaedic surgeons often ... read more

Cures for PTSD Often Remain Elusive for War Veterans

Aug. 4, 2015 — Our nation's veterans continue to suffer emotional and psychological effects of war -- some for decades. And while there has been greater attention directed recently toward post-traumatic stress ... read more

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